Day At The Track

Captain Joy will enter the millionaires' club

03:43 AM 24 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Captain Joy Captain Joy & Gavin Lang in full flight
Captain Joy - the winner of 26 of his 70 starts and $999,891
Captain Joy & Gavin Lang in full flight

Gutsy pacer Captain Joy will become a millionaire in Friday's (October 26) Brian Hancock Cup win lose or draw but the Susan Hunter stable is confident a return to his favourite track, Tabcorp Park Menangle, will see the seven year old get back on the winners list.

Stable representative Michael Doltoff is travelling with the son of Mach Three and is happy with how the gelding is racing currently.

“He needed the run badly in the Gold Coast Cup when he was first up and he was probably a run short on Saturday night when he finished third in the Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park but he has pulled up really well and handled the trip from Brisbane to Sydney very well,” Doltoff said.

“Captain Joy just loves Menangle, he has won 14 races there, and on Saturday night at Albion Park he just got onto a knee slightly and it may have cost him second so I think he will be very happy to be back racing on the best track in Australia.”

Doltoff believes it is a combination of factors that results in Captain Joy racing so well on the 1400 metre circuit.

“He gets a crack at his rivals at Menangle, everyone starts off the front row and therefore you can spear out and make your own luck plus they seem to have a lot more races drawn randomly at Menangle whereas in Victoria there seems to be a lot of preferential draws.”

“He’s no monster in terms of his size but he didn’t look out of place on Saturday night and it’s good to see him being driven the way he should be.”

Captain Joy has drawn barrier three in the Brian Hancock Cup on Friday afternoon with the race scheduled to begin at 5:13pm. His last victory was in the Golden Mile at Menangle in April when he recorded a career best mile rate of 1:51.4 defeating Lincoln Royal and Can Return Fire.

“It’s not going to be an easy race to win but if he is going to qualify for a race like the Inter Dominion next year then he needs to be competitive this week and he’s on song to compete against the best.”

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Captain Joy's last win at tabcorp park menangle on April 14, 2012:

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