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Industry Meeting - 7pm Dec 14 at Albion Park

All stakeholders are invited to attend a harness racing industry meeting to facilitate a letter of reply to the government's "Tracking Forward Sustainability To be held at Albion Park Raceway tonight, December 14 at 7.00pm

Heads Up - Helmet Rebate

Please note that HRA are offering a $50 rebate for the purchase of a new helmet and surrender of an old one.  This is limited to 400 rebates so can you please ensure that your members are aware.    

Click here for the application form.


Gary Kairn

Operations Manager

Harness Racing Australia


BOTRA Meeting

Monday 14 September 7.00pm

Albion Park

Meeting Agenda attached


All Welcome

Please submit items to be tabled by 13 September




Sincere thanks from Katy Price and family

The family of the late Tony Price wish to thank

everyone who attended Monday’s funeral


We especially wish to acknowledge those people who travelled long

distances, and those folk who made the trip from interstate.

Hendra Virus Vaccine receives registration from APVMA

Dear Industry Leader,

We are pleased to announce that the Hendra virus vaccine, Equivac® HeV, has received registration from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Please see below a letter from Lance Williams, General Manager for Zoetis Australia and New Zealand, regarding this positive announcement.

Deagon Community Picnic Race Day

Harness Races Highly Anticipated Attraction as Picnic Race Day Draws Near

This year’s dual Harness-Thoroughbred meet at the Deagon Community Picnic Race Day (Sunday 13th September) is expected to attract a capacity crowd of around 7,000 people for one of Moreton Bay’s most loved race days.

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club President Kerry Erbert said;

“The trial of the combined Harness-Thoroughbred picnic race meet at The Deagon Track this year will offer something different to the punters than what they have seen in the last couple of years’. 

Interim President appointed to BOTRA


Following the close of David Fowler's presidency with BOTRA, discussions with the executive committee decided there was a need to appoint an Interim president to represent BOTRA at the consultation meetings with Racing Queensland (meetings are for the Presidents and Chairman only).

An interim president has been selected and while whispers are out as to their identity, a formal announcement is yet to be made.


BOTRA Girls In Pink Promotion A Success

BOTRA's "Girls In Pink" fundraising promotion during the Winter Carnival at Albion Park and follow up "Bid for Blackie" auction at Redcliffe HRC ended up raising a total of $12,036 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Barb Barry snatched up the Blacks A Fake wall hanging donated by Dan Costello for a generous sum that broke through the reserve and contributed to the promotion's success.

Celebrate the life of Tony Price

All Welcome to attend a Farewell Celebration of Life for Tony Price.
Tony's last Raceday at his favourite track - Albion Park next Monday 27 July at 11.30

Bid for Blackie - Auction for NBCF

BLACKIE WALL HANGING AUCTION re-scheduled for Redcliffe Meeting (SAT 1 AUG).

Graciously supplied by Dan Costello to assist BOTRA's Girls In Pink Fundraising Campain for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Click through to full story for complete details.

Go Pink For A Cause - Saturday 11 July

Saturday 11 July - GO PINK FOR A CAUSE @ Albion Park Harness Racing Club​ for the Sharon & Greg Mitchell Oaks night.
BOTRA have joined forces with the APHRC and the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the cause.
Deck yourself out in pink and come show your support next Saturday at Albion Park.

Winter Carnival Starts Tonight

Special BOTRA Meeting - 15 June

To all industry participants and interested parties

We have convened a special BOTRA meeting to discuss the importance of uniting the industry and working side by side to ensure the future of Queensland Harness Racing.

Meeting to be held next Monday Night June15 - 7.30pm - at Albion Park

"TROT TACTICS" 23/05/2015..

Fancy a trip to the country tomorrow to support a good cause. Even if you are a "died in the wool" trot fiend, one gallops meeting will do you no harm...

On The Pace SA

SA Newsletter - On The Pace May 2015.

Pepper Tree Farm BOTRA discounts

Pepper Tree Farm is pleased to join forces with Queensland BOTRA to further embrace opportunities for member breeders.





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BOTRA NOTICE - Winter Carnival Stabling

We are seeking details of stabling availability for interstate visitors during the winter carnival. A form is attached to fill in or Mandy has forms at Albion Park acceptance office. 

We have reported industry concerns following unsatisfactory medical attention in regard to the race fall at Redcliffe on Wednesday night. This is currently being investigated and will be updated at the meeting on Monday night.

Sunday Marburg Recap



How things can change. With 34 mils of rain in Marburg overnight, the big Sunday Fun Day trot meeting looked like being a first class flopperoo.  However, after a first class session of track profiling by former Marburg President and Albion Park track curator, Ronnie Knack on Saturday afternoon, the overnight downpour went harmlessly to the drainage channels...

Trotting Tales Newsletter - Darling Downs HRC

Trotting Tales from the Darling Downs Harness Racing Club.

Racing Qld - Queensland's female champions battle for Girls on Track series crown

The finals for Racing Queensland’s Girls on Track series are being held this week and promise plenty of excitement among some of Queensland’s top female jockeys, drivers and trainers (media release attached). 

Darling Downs Harness Club

The Darling Downs Harness Racing Club and the RASQ (Toowoomba Show Society) were pleased to announce that Show Trotting returned to this year's Toowoomba Royal Show in March.

Follow the Darling Downs Harness Racing Club on Facebook:


March BOTRA Meeting postponed to 9 March.

With the change of government and the many issues at RQ we have insuffient information and correspondence confirmed for discussion this tonight, the meeting is put back a week.

The March meeting will be held on Monday March 9 at 7.00pm at Albion Park



Trot Tactics 26 Feb 2015

                                                                                                                                              "TROT TACTICS"..26/02/2015..
This week we lost yet another valuable spoke in the wheel of Queensland trotting with the passing of Paul Bolack after a long battle with serious illness. The former principal of Bolack Publications was a low profile superstar in sponsorship, putting his money and services into Clubs and races with the focus squarely on the battling end of game....

Elitloppet Tour

2015 Elitloppet Tour to Stockholm, Sweden by World Racing Tours.

Queensland's New Racing Minister

Queensland's new Racing Minister is a member of the Rockhampton Jockey Club...

Full Article:



RQ Media Release - Harness breeding scheme receives cash boost

Harness breeding scheme receives cash boost


Racing Queensland’s QBRED incentive scheme has cemented its place among Australia’s best with registered horses racing for an additional $330,000 per year in bonuses from next season as part of a host of improvements announced today.

February 2015 BOTRA Meeting

BOTRA meets Monday night, February 2nd 2015. 

All Welcome.

RQ Management and QHRB Board invited.

@ Albion Park.

Girls on Track

HRV - From the CEO's Desk - Volume 49 - January 2014

An Introduction From The CEO - HRV

Happy New Year to everyone in the industry. The new year has started well with outstanding racing and excellent crowds.

 Follow HRV on Twitter @HRVnews


Racing Queensland celebrates female champions of the industry

January 15, 2015
Racing Queensland celebrates female champions of the industry
Racing Queensland has devised a new race series to celebrate the contribution of women across the
state’s three codes of racing.

$80K Feature Race


Find your next champion at the 2015 Brisbane APG yearling sales!

Once again all yearlings offered at the Brisbane Sales are eligible for a 2 year old $80,000 feature race, sponsored by APHRC & RQ.

Only horses that have gone through the Brisbane APG sales ring are eligible for this feature race. The race will be a combined sex race with random barrier draw and held at Albion Park.

It's not too late to breed

BOTRA Qld is proud to extend this great opportunity

Brylin Boyz standing at Burwood Stud

Usually priced at $1650

Camlach standing at Monarch Farm

Usually priced at $1100

Great value at $500 each

Contact Margaret Reynolds  0412 570 541


Petition to RQ requesting rethink of prize money distribution

BOTRA is collecting signatures to petition RQ at its February Board meeting to rethink allocation of $100,000 prize money and the combining of a 2 & 3 year old feature to be renamed the Nursery Fly.

The attached petition can be printed off and circulated for signature accrual and returned asap to BOTRA at PO Box 669 ALBION DC 4010.

December BOTRA Meeting Notice & Agenda




Monday December 1 2014


Albion Park 7.00 pm

From the horse's mouth - Dec 2014

The horse's mouth - December issue.

Australia Horse Industry Council Survey

Dear Horse Industry Participant.

As you may be aware, the AHIC is keen to obtain more information about our industry to help provide some raw data which can be used in lobbying. We have a new on line survey which we would appreciate if you could help distribute amongst your members and networks.

On the Pace - SA Harness Newsletter

Click here for SA's On The Pace newsletter.

Have your say on Queensland biosecurity regulations

Farmers, landowners and community members are invited to comment on new biosecurity regulations to protect the agricultural sector and our environment.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister John McVeigh said the regulations would underpin the new Biosecurity Act 2014 passed by Parliament earlier this year.

“The legislation serves to safeguard not only agricultural businesses, but also the environment and our Queensland lifestyle,” Mr McVeigh said...

2014 Harness Awards - RQ Media Release

Avonnova crowned Queensland Horse of the Year

Star pacer Avonnova has started one of the biggest weeks of his career on a high by claiming the Queensland Horse of the Year title at the Racing Queensland Harness Awards at the Hilton in Brisbane tonight.

Click through to the full media release for a recap of all the awards.

2014 Garrards QPC

Sportswriter - Leading North American 2 Year Old Sire


* He sired both filly & colt winners of the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals
* He is leading 2YO Sire in the USA
* He was Australia's leading First Season Sire for 2013/14 Season
* He sired the most amount of individual 2YO winners in Australia
* He sired the Harness Breeders Victoria 2YO Filly Of The Year
* He sired the fastest 2YO filly in Australia...

BOTRA Update and Meeting Reminder

BOTRA Meeting Reminder

This Monday Night 13th Albion Park at 7.00pm

Invited Guest Speakers: David Aldred and David Farquharson

Key Topics for discussion:

Race day trials programming

We need your feedback as we have concerns for the wellbeing of the horses and licensees especially on a Tuesday. Most trainers have said the new system is unsuitable. 

Breeding with MONARCH FARM

20% off 'On Farm' Stallions for BOTRA members.

Breeding with NEVELE R STUD


We’re happy to offer 20% discount for QLD BOTRA members for the following stallions:

Breeding with PEPPER TREE FARM

Pepper Tree Farm is pleased to join forces with Queensland BOTRA to further embrace opportunities for member breeders.

Our stallion line up includes Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter, Always A Virgin and Roll With Joe.

Breeding Extravaganza benefits with BOTRA

There has never been a better time to buy or breed a QBred  

Harness racing benefactor Kevin Seymour has boosted the breeding ranks with gifted service fees for Mr Feelgood plus he is in negotiations to bring a new stallion to stand at Goldrush lodge next season.

BOTRA has negotiated discounts for members looking to breed this season.

Currently we have Monarch Farm Nevele R stud and Pepper Tree Farm offering members discounts.


AFTER Hack Championship held at the Laidley showgrounds

The AFTER team have been supporters of BOTRA and harness racing events for many years, so we felt it was time to return that support with a sponsorship for the Harness events at the AFTER Hack Championship held at the Laidley showgrounds.

2014 Racing Queensland Harness Awards

The 2014 Racing Queensland Harness Awards will recognise the outstanding achievements from the 2013/2014 harness racing season.

The 2014 celebration will be held on the evening of Sunday 19th October, 2014 at the 5-star Hilton Hotel Brisbane.


NOV 8 - The Trotters are coming.

The Trotters are coming to Marburg Saturday 8 November for a fast and furious race day.
Click through to the event brochure for full details.

Event brochure.

Australasian Stallion Guide online now

Click through to the full guide. 

Trot Tactics 20-9-14

"TROT TACTICS"..20/09/2014.. 
   With spring well on the way, Marburg trots is the place to be today. The trials portion of the program will kick off at 11.00am and the five race card at approximately 12.30pm. The mini trotters will add to the spectacle as the six to sixteen year olds do battle in preparation for a later career on the race track...

AFTER - 2014 Hack Championships Catalogue

Please find attached the catalogue for the 2014 Queensland Standardbred Hack Championships being hosted by Association for Trotters Exiting Racing Inc at Laidley Show Grounds on the weekend of 27 & 28 September 2014.

Trot Tactics 30/8/14

"TROT TACTICS"..30/08/2014..
We have run with 12 horse fields in "Mile" (1660 metre) races at Albion Park for several seasons now, the ruling premise being "the more runners, the more turnover". Having found that this theory perhaps failed to stack up in practice, and also that a diminished horse pool could not guarantee a full field on every occasion, the Queensland Harness Racing Board were ready to listen to further opinion from trainers that a third factor cast doubts on the suitability of the 12 horse format. It was argued that, given the short duration of the 1660m event, barrier positions had become far too important, and horses with "unfavourable" alleys were being denied an even winning chance....

BOTRA News Update - 31 Aug 2014

BOTRA Monthly Meeting:

The meeting scheduled for Monday 1 September has been transferred to Monday 8 September at 7.30 in the Albion Park meeting room.

Plus more on previous meeting follow ups, Members draw announcement, the Warwick Trots, Young Guns and our Harness Awards Night. 

Father's Day Trots @ Warwick [reminder]


BOTRA Stakeholders Notice

To all -  Harness Stakeholders you are invited to submit your ideas on any of the following topics for discussion

  • QBred  Structure
  • Prizemoney -Handicapping -Programming
  • Wagering - Customer Service
  • Integrity


THE Darling Downs Harness Racing Club
(DDHRC) is pleased to announce that it has gained approval to conduct
a five event Harness Racing program at Allman Park, Warwick on Sunday
afternoon, Father's Day, September 7th.

State's young guns to go head to head in Origin Series

There will be no love lost between Queensland’s top young harness drivers and their New South Wales counterparts when they go head to head in the inaugural Young Drivers State of Origin Series later this month.

BOTRA News Update - 31 July 2014

Ekka update, Deagon Trots Day, next BOTRA meeting and more...

EKKA Update:

A trial was conducted Sunday morning in preparation for the return of  EKKA racing (photos attached to bring back great memories) The trial was limited to four runners with late scratchings because of the 21 day embargo period from Hendra vaccination...

KWS retires from administration of Harness Racing

Notice from Kevin Seymour on his retirement from Harness Racing Administration.

March move for the Miracle Mile

Full article on

Response to Australian Standardbred Breeders Association in Members Section

A response from the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP to Robert Lutherborrow of the Australian Standardbred Breeders Association can be found in the Members Only section under 'Members Letters'.

Financial members who have not yet retrieved their exclusive login details can do so by contacting Margaret Reynolds.

Redi Roundup - Redcliffe Harness Racing Club

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club's Redi Roundup Newsletter for July.

Marburg Horse & Gear Sale

Darren Ebert & Co Auctioneers and Agents present 

The Marburg Horse & Gear Sale - Sunday 20 July Marburg Showgrounds

Next BOTRA Meeting - Monday August 4th

Next BOTRA meeting is 7:30pm August 4th at Albion Park.
Take the chance to meet our new Racing Manager, David Aldred, along with other special guests, Greg Mitchell and Darren Condon

Please note Tattsbet $500 credit account members draw has been extended to the August 4 Industry meeting.
You now have another opportunity to go in the draw so get your membership paid up great odds for a $20 outlay. 

Star-studded Sunshine Sprint headlines opening weekend of Queensland Winter Trotting Carnival

04 July, 2014

The stage is set for a blockbuster opening to the Queensland Winter Trotting Carnival as champion pacer Im Themightyquinn makes his Albion Park debut on Saturday night in one of the strongest Sunshine Sprint fields in recent memory.

Caretaker required for Redcliffe Paceway

Deagon Trots Raceday - Sunday 3 August

RQ Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan by Racing Queensland

BOTRA Membership Form

2014 BOTRA Membership Form

BOTRA Membership and Meeting Reminder


BOTRA members draw for a $500 Tattsbet account will be drawn on Monday night July 7 at the conclusion of the BOTRA industry meeting at Albion Park.

You still have a chance to go in the draw we will accept payments on the night prior to the start of the  meeting. We also will collect forms from Albion Park raceday office on Monday.

Membership is $20 for a family or single residing at the same address. Form available online, at A/P racing office or in the June Pace magazine .  

Trot Tactics 28/6/14

"TROT TACTICS".. 28/06/2014..
 Recent performances indicate that there just might be a another young harness talent on the rise. Almost 19 years old, Nathan Dawson is beginning to make his mark...

Landmark deal secures Qld future

Landmark deal secures racing future in Queensland for 30 years

Racing participants in Queensland will reap the rewards of a multi-billion dollar, 30 year wagering agreement struck between the State Government, Racing Queensland and Tatts Group this morning.

Full Media Release

BOTRA Reminder Notice

Reminder Notice

All horses competing at the EKKA must be Hendra Virus vaccinated, if not already done act now to avoid disappointment time is running out. Contact Darren Garrard or your vet.


Grass trotting series heads to Deagon

Queensland Grass Trotting Series heads to Deagon on August 3

Deagon Racecourse will host the first stand-alone TAB grass trotting meeting in Queensland for many years on August 3 in what is set to be a huge community day at Racecourse Rd.

2014 Standardbred Hack Championships

Please find attached the sponsorship pack and flyer for the 2014 Queensland Standardbred Hack Championships being hosted by Association for Trotters Exiting Racing Inc.

Qld Horse Council - Confirmed Hendra Virus cases

Queensland Horse Council

Current confirmed Hendra virus cases

3 June 2014 | Beenleigh, Queensland
23 June 2014 | Murwillumbah, New South Wales 

Dressage after racing

Commemorative Polo Shirt
Made by Hot Filly, they are a stunning hot pink with black trim carrying a silver and black dressage decal on the front. The back of the shirt has the 2014 logo and slogan
"Driven to Dressage".

A Spatial Risk Factor for Hendra Virus Infection in Horses

Flying-Fox Species Density – A Spatial Risk Factor for Hendra Virus Infection in Horses in Eastern Australia
by the QCEID team and published in PLOS One.

Trot Tactics 21/6/14

"TROT TACTICS"..21/06/2014..
  Well folks, we can report that the Marburg Charity Race day was a big success. Wet weather did not help, but there was a fair sprinkling of new faces among the crowd...


Newsflash : Here's some quick updates on what's happening in Queensland Harness Racing.

Harness racing returns to the Ekka, Im Themightyquinn arrives in Qld, Young Guns of Qld, State of Origin Young Drivers Series, Mini Trots in the Sunday Mail and more.

The calm before the storm

A quiet tail to the financial year in BOTRA news, June could be considered the calm before the storm as Harness Racing prepares to go off with a bang in July.

Trot Tactics 7/6/14

"TROT TACTICS"..07/06/2014..
  Just keep that black book open for next Saturday June 14th. Marburg offers the best of cruisy packages as an alternative to the hype and glitz of the Ipswich Cup. Start the morning  with a visit to Poets In The Park. Have breakfast with the tellers of tales and the weavers of fantasies. Food for the body and sustenance for the soul.

The Horse's mouth - June 2014


Welcome to the first edition of The Horse’s Mouth, a new bi-monthly eNewsletter that brings you the latest news relevant to the equine industry. From biosecurity policy to vaccination updates, find out what’s making news from The Horse’s Mouth.

June BOTRA Meeting Outcome

As an outcome of last night's BOTRA meeting, a letter of concern was submitted to Racing Queensland.

This letter and futher meeting outcomes can be viewed by BOTRA financial members in the exclusive section of Harness Portal.

To access your member log in details, contact Marg Reynolds.

Trot Tactics 31/5/14

               "TROT TACTICS".. 31/05/2014..

Sadly, death is with us again, with two ladies, wives of trainers, leaving us this week. Firstly, Paula, wife of Marburg identity Ken Burwell, who lost a battle with severe illness and was cremated on Thursday at Laidley.

Keeping Pace - June Article


BOTRA’S management committee has a strong team containing a blend of many different skills, abilities and industry knowledge, who is committed as the industry lead group  to work collaboratively with the QHRB and all other regulatory authorities for the benefit of the total industry at all times.  BOTRA monthly meetings are held the first Monday of each month –at Albion Park Paceway at 7.30pm...

BOTRA Young Drivers Championship Series Re-cap

Congratulations go to Danielle McMullen on a nail biting victory in the BOTRA Young Drivers Championship Series.

Here's a recap of how it unfolded...

New content on The Portal

New this week:

  • Exclusive Member Letter to owners and trainers from KWS regarding Gold Coast Harness Racing
  • A new "Education" tab which will accumulate various links for your own reference. This has been kicked off with extensive research provided by Horses & People.
  • A link through to the Qld Mini Trotting Sporting Association Facebook page to view some great pictures from the Gympie Show weekend.

Coming Soon : The Portal Gallery - A collective image gallery supplied by industry participants.

To access your member log in details, contact Marg Reynolds.

RQ Media Release

Racing Queensland announces appointments of Harness Racing Deputy Chief Stipendiary Stewards

10-5-14 Trot Tactics

"TROT TACTICS..10/05/2014..
  When the trotting bug bites, the resulting infection can usually be considered permanent. It may go into remission but usually surfaces somewhere down the track. Such is the case with new arrivals in the Ipswich footprint, ex West Australians, Alan Johnson and his wife of many years, Darcel Lindau-Johnson...

3 May 2014 Trot Tactics

The wheels of light harness turn with the passage of time, and things which were unheard of 50 years ago are now commonplace. In this writer's youth, there were probably only two stables in New South Wales which boasted horse numbers in excess of 20, these being A D (Tony) Turnbull at Bathurst with possibly 40 plus, and J C (Jimmy) Caffyn  at Granville who hit 64 at one stage. Both were Premiership winning trainer/ drivers, with Caffyn always in contention at Harold Park, while Turnbull was vitually unbeatable in the Western Districts of NSW. 

HRNSW - Notice to trainers

HRNSW - Notice to trainers

Qld trainers might find this of interest.

Keeping Pace - May article

Leading thoroughbred trainer Rob Heathcote was the Guest Speaker at April's BOTRA meeting.

Rob shared a very informative insight into the preparation and management of syndicates of which he is very successful with.

The Key  Word is Communication .Keep your owners informed. 

We thank Rob for sharing how he communicates with his many owners through the internet, the session was very enjoyable and the feedback from the night has been very rewarding...

Trot Tactics 12/4/14

"TROT TACTICS"..12/04/2014..
  Change our timeslot and we lose the plot as well. So it seemed when this writer totally overlooked the local content in the impressive win of Its Three By Two in the Jim McNeil Memorial Trot...

Feature Article

Industry Meeting - 7pm Dec 14 at Albion Park

All stakeholders are invited to attend a harness racing industry meeting to facilitate a letter of reply to the government's "Tracking Forward Sustainability To be held at Albion Park Raceway tonight, December 14 at 7.00pm

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Today's Queensland Track Forecast

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