Day At The Track

Albion Park sports a strong card on Saturday

12:36 AM 21 Sep 2011 NZST
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Charlie Cini
Charlie Cini - getting his Peter McMullen Lean on aboard Ace Attack Jack
Photo by Corey Pearce

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct a strong eight event harness racing card this Saturday night at the Breakfast Creek complex. Race one, which is The Garrards Horse and Hound Pace is set down for decision at 6.10pm.

A strong line up of pacers will contest the first race including two last start winners- Go Boom (Pacific Rocket) who won last Saturday night for trainer Shane Sanderson and Hitemup (Topnotcher) who won at the Gold Coast last Friday night for Darrel Graham.

Go Boom, who has drawn well in barrier two, has been a terrific performer for connections since heading north from the Newcastle region, having won two and recording a minor placing in just six starts.

The widely drawn Hitemup, who has drawn in alley six, recorded a strong 1.59.5 mile rate over 2100 metres at the Gold Coast last Friday night after being victorious at Redcliffe three starts prior.

The inside drawn Melton Sotera (Bonamax), a speedy mare trained by John McMullen, has drawn well to add to her strong record of twelve victories and 30 minor placings from 100 starts. Melton Sotera has a speedy turn of foot, her personal best mile rating on 1.58.2. The six year old mare is noted for her ability to run sub 28 second final sectionals.

Cotrillion (Safely Kept), who is trained by Alan Johnson, has drawn out in barrier seven, but is coming off the strength of two strong second placings at Redcliffe in recent weeks. Both of the placings have been behind Farsala Prince and under mile rates of 2.00. The seven year old gelding scored at Redcliffe five starts ago after sitting in the breeze position throughout.

Drawn inside of the second row is the Natasha Day trained Im Born To Rule (Mach Three) who has recorded two third placings on both Saturday night cards the last two weeks. Shane Graham has once again been booked to take the reins.

In one of the stronger races for the night both Dixie Bromac (Holmes Hanover) and Black Shiraz (The Big Dog) have each way claims after placing in recent starts.

Race two is the Campbells Wholesale Pace at 6.35pm.

Lightly raced eleven year old mare Tully Belle (Armbro Operative) has drawn well in barrier three for the John McCarthy stable. Tully Belle recorded a strong 1.59 victory over 2138m last Saturday night. McCarthy, in an interview which aired on Blinkers Off, the state’s Harness Racing Television program which airs on 31 Digital, stated that the winner of fifteen races will soon be retired to the breeding barn.

The fourth event of the night is the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Pace at 7.40pm.

Drawn ideally in barrier one is the Stephen Cini trained Aceattack Jack (Aces N Sevens), who won last Saturday night as a $1.70 favourite. The six year old has an impressive place strike rate of 35 placings from 61 starts- not including his eleven career victories.

The final race of the night is the Sky Racing Trotters Handicap at 9.37pm, a standing start event over 2647m. Wont Be The Same (Malabar Maple) for the Ricky Thurlow stable, a multiple winner on the Albion Park surface, will be aiming for consecutive victory four.

Racing action rolls out at 6.10pm.

If Saturday Metropolitan racing isn’t enough, ensure you check out Texas Hold’em Harness Tuesdays coming in October to Albion Park. The Club in conjunction with Ace 8 Poker and All Crowd Catering are bringing the phenomenon of pub poker to the Tuesday race meeting, kicking off at 6.30PM. There are significant cash prizes and entry is free.

Nick Moric from Ace 8 Poker will be at the track next Tuesday giving free poker lessons for anyone wishing to brush up on their skills leading in to the October weekly tournaments.

By Anthony COLLINS

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