Day At The Track

CBA Strathpine drives the class race

06:33 AM 16 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Navajo Candy
Navajo Candy
Photo by Corey Pearce

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct a strong eight event harness racing program this Saturday night. The opening race of the night is the SEW-Eurodrive Pace at 5.10pm.

Drawn well in barrier one is speedy mare Melton Sotera (Bonamax) for trainer John McMullen. Melton Sotera shows a handy turn of speed when able to lead in her races, like she did two starts ago when victorious on the Albion Park track which included a 28.4 first quarter.

The six year old has 110 starts under her belt for fourteen victories and 32 minor placings.

Reactingjack (Hare Hare) has drawn to land on the speed, which is his favourite roll, in barrier four for the very much in form stable of Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham.

Reactingjack hasn't missed the top four placings in his last seven starts which includes a victory at Albion Park in early October, scoring in a mile rating of 1.56.5. The six year old's impressive record includes finishing in the top three in over half of his 90 starts.

Our Laughalot (Our Sir Vancelot) is another stable runner for Vicki Rasmussen. The eight year old won in a handy 1.58.4 mile rating over 2138 metres last Saturday night by ten metres.

Drawn in barrier six, Our Laughalot is another major player in the opening race- in his latest 16 starts he has finished further back than forth only three times. The eight year old gelding's start at Albion Park four starts ago resluted in him recording his career best mile rate of 1.57.7 after being no closer than two and three wide for the majority of the trip.

Both Stormy Warrior (Brioso Hanover) and Greenmans Valley (Trump Casino) both handy Saturday night performers have place claims in a tough race to start the night.

The fast class race for the night is the sixth event of the night which is the CBA Strathpine Pace at 7.40pm.

A handy field of nine pacers will line up to face the starter for the 2138 metre trip.

Inside drawn Glenfarg (Live Or Die) for Tamborine based Grant Dixon has been in terrific form in recent starts despite his effort two ago.

The seven year old was victorious on last Saturday night's program. After sitting behind the leader, Glenfarg sprinted fast to defeat Baileys Spirit by half a neck in 1.57.9 at odds of $5.50.

The second of the two Grant Dixon runners engaged in the race is Navajo Candy (P B Bullville) which is drawn directly beside the stablemate, in gate two.

Navajo Candy has been a handy pacer for his connections, recording 31 victories in 108 race starts.

In his start last Saturday night, Navajo Candy, got to the line late when third to Rainbow Stride in claiming grade.

One of three runners for the John McCarthy Stable, Shortys Star (Armbro Operative) is another pacer in fine form.

Shortys Star has had three starts in Queensland since heading north from Victoria. Triumphant in two of the three starts, the eight year old gelding, which has drawn barrier seven, possesses a handy turn of speed which he wasn't able to utilise last start when poorly drawn inside the second row.

The final race of the night is the Sky Racing Handicap, a standing start event for the pacers at 8.40pm.

by Anthony COLLINS

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