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Harness racing to return to Albion Park

Racing will resume at Albion Park on Thursday afternoon ahead of the up-coming TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival.

Over the past fortnight, Racing Queensland, in conjunction with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club, has conducted minor works to the home turn, along with a track resurface to ensure the venue is in pristine condition ahead of the up-coming black-type races.

At the same time, APHRC used the outage to install a new Colorbond fence in the section where the works were being conducted.

During this time, the newly renovated Redcliffe Paceway accommodated the majority of re-scheduled Albion Park meetings, with the track record falling not once but twice.

On Saturday night, the Donny Smith trained and Nathan Dawson driven, Always In Command, rated a 1:54.3 mile rate, bettering the previous 1:54.4 mark set by the Jack Butler trained Sams The Master (Brendan Barnes) seven days earlier.

“Redcliffe has done a wonderful job shouldering the scheduling load whilst repairs have occurred at Albion Park,” RQ Chief Operating Officer Adam Wallish said.

“It’s a credit to the Redcliffe staff to have the new track performing so strongly.

“We’re looking forward to racing returning to Albion Park on Thursday ahead of the up-coming Summer Carnival.”

Earlier this year, RQ announced the $50,000 DJA Trotting Championship would be elevated to Group 1 status as part of this year’s Summer Carnival.

In total, Albion Park will host three black-type races next month commencing on Saturday, December 7 with the Group 3 Be Good Johnny Sprint.

Heats for the DJA Trotting Championship will commence on the same evening and will continue ahead of the Final on Saturday, December 21 which will be run in conjunction with the $50,000 Group 2 Queensland Cup.

The Redcliffe Christmas Cup on Wednesday, December 18 is among the other Summer Carnival highlights.

The 2019 TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival will feature five meetings throughout December at Albion Park and Redcliffe.

Click here for more information on the 2019 TAB Queensland Summer Harness Racing Carnival.