Cranbourne will host another quality card of action on Saturday and the night will be highlighted by the Tintin In America Pace.
Thanks to the generosity of Glenferrie Farm, the winner of the race will be bestowed with a service to the rising stallion.
But the race itself could turn into a war between two of Cranbourne’s leading trainers in Hugh Cathels and Vivian Tomren.
Their local warhorses Stylish Jasper and Astronaut will go head-to-head and Cathels explained that his charge, Astronaut, has always been a more than honest gelding.
“He’s been consistent throughout his whole career except about 16 months ago,” Cathels said.
“Before that he cleaned up Suave Stuey Lombo and Saint Flash in a heat of the four-year-old sires and a week later got a really bad viral pneumonia which ,to be frank, knocked him around for the best part of a year.
“If he can stay as well as we think he can, and he keeps getting away from the stand then we will definitely look at a few of the lesser class Country Cups.”
Noted for his gate speed, Astronaut has drawn three and with his local rival taking up a polemarking position, they are likely to be in front and behind the leader in the early stages.
It’s a deep race however as the powerful Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin team bring Mister Sheedy to Cranbourne as he looks to avenge his defeat at Tabcorp Park Melton last week, while Melton’s leading trainer last term, Lance Justice, has Alchemy engaged for a first-up tilt.
The Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace will be another highly sought after race on the program with Tim Bolitho’s stable recruit Arber drawn the outside the front row in a small field.
The meeting kicks off at 6.30pm.
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria