Clifton harness racer Stacey Weidemann and Granddad’s Boy prepare for a heat in the $10,000 Ekka cup.
Clifton harness racer Stacey Weidemann and Granddad’s Boy prepare for a heat in the $10,000 Ekka cup. SHERELE MOODY

Harnessing in a chance of Ekka racing redemption

SHE might have come a cropper during last year's Ekka, but Clifton harness racer Stacey Weidemann is shaking off the spot of bad luck to focus on winning the $10,000 grand prize.

The 24-year-old and two other Weidemann stable drivers have 15 horses ready to run in the Royal Queensland Show's 10 days of harness racing.

Preparing sentimental outside hope Granddad's Boy for one of the quarter-mile track's first heats on Monday, Ms Weidemann isn't fazed by the accident that left her bruised and broken on the same track last year.

"It's good to be back," she says as she shows the deep scratches she earned after hitting the dirt during the 2014 series.

"We went pretty good last year.

"I got leading points driver of the show and our stable won the big race with another horse."

Traditionally a male-dominated sport, harness racing is fast becoming a female domain.

"I think people like the softer hands on their horse," Ms Weidemann says.

"Girls can sometimes get along better with the horses as well.

"I like being happy with the driving and being able to say you've given your horse every opportunity and see that horse go well for how you've driven it.

The Weidemanns' big hope, Lonesome Mac, will contest the $10,000 cup on August 16.

Warwick's Allman Park Racecourse will host the Father's Day Charity Trots on Sunday, September 6.



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