Day At The Track

'Horse Of The Year' back at the track

01:42 AM 26 Oct 2017 NZDT
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Leos Best
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Leos Best is back on the track. The recently crowned harness racing Queensland Horse of the Year stepped out in public today (Tuesday), his first appearance since finishing unplaced in the Gr.2 $50,540 Sunshine Sprint behind speed machine Hectorjayjay back on July 8 at Albion Park.

But don’t let the result put you off.

The Grant and Trista Dixon prepared five-year-old finished at the rear of a four horse field, beaten some 18m from the winner.

Emerging star Mattgregor won the trial comfortably, with residual fitness on his side and enjoying a perfect pocket trip, the imposing pacer strode clear for an easy victory in 1:54.9.

After sitting last throughout, Leos Best just followed his rivals around.

And that’s all Team Dixon were hoping for from the workout.

“It’s a trial and it was a good opportunity just to take him away from home and allow him to stretch his legs. We know he’s not ready for anything special right now so there’s no point busting him chasing a horse like Mattgregor who is up and about.” Grant Dixon explained.

Connections will definitely trial the Cammibest gelding again before looking for a suitable start point for his latest campaign.

The upcoming Brisbane summer carnival during the month of December is the immediate focus before looking at other targets.

During the month of December, the Albion Park Harness Racing Club will stage several features including the Gr.3 $30,540 Be Good Johnny Sprint on December followed by the $20,540 Christmas Cup (December 9) and the Gr.2 $60,540 Queensland Cup (December 16).

The events will be staged over the distances of 1660m, 2680m and 2138m.

In other stable news, exciting pacer Colt Thirty One is back in work.

Following an outstanding rookie season which netted 7 wins from 11 starts, the Mach Three colt finished a highly commendable third in his most recent start back on August 27.

Colt Thirty One finished third behind King Of Swing and Poster Boy in the Gr.1 $285,000 Breeders Crown Final at TABCORP Park, Melton.

Connections are considering an interstate Derby campaign plus a raft of local features this season.

Both Leos Best and Colt Thirty One are raced by Kevin and Kay Seymour.

Chris Barsby

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