Day At The Track

Diamond draw throws up challenges

07:22 PM 27 May 2020 NZST
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Askmeilltellya,Harness racing
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Last week’s three heat winners have all drawn awkwardly for Friday night’s Group 1 Diamond Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park.

Unconditional, Minor Catastrophe and Always An Angel were all impressive in taking out their respective heats but will have to overcome barrier six, eight and 12 respectively.

The Barry Howlett-trained Just For Love has drawn barrier one for the $100,000 feature, following her second to Always An Angel in her heat last week.

Just For Love has not drawn the inside barrier in her eight starts and only has two minor placings to her record.

The Mach Three filly, who finished fifth in the Sales Classic in February, looks set to get her best chance to break through for her maiden win.

Bettor Beach Belle, who secured her spot in the final by dead-heating for second with Just For Love in last week’s final heat, has drawn barrier 10 as she looks to give trainer Terry Ferguson his second Group 1 triumph this month.

Gary Hall Jnr has won the past three Diamond Classics with Cimorene (2017), Majorpride (2018) and Askmeilltellya (2019).

He will have the task of navigating the back line draw with Always An Angel in this year’s edition.

Ocean Ridge will look to score another Free-For-All win in the TABtouch Pace (2130m), where he’s drawn barrier one in the eight horse field.

Chicago Bull will again take his part in the FFA event of the evening, following his win in the Members Sprint last week.

Joining Ocean Ridge as additions to the FFA event are Tommy Be Good, Im Soxy and Gotta Go Gabbana, while Our Jimmy Johnstone and El Jacko are the absentees from this week’s race.

Another intriguing runner on Friday’s Gloucester Park card is the Mike Reed-trained Gran Chico in the Download The TABtouch App Today Pace (2130m).

Gran Chico won at his first start in Perth on November 15, before he was unplaced in both the 4YO Classic and Golden Nugget at his subsequent two starts.

The four-year-old looks set to get every chance to win on his return to racing from barrier one.

You can view the fields for Friday night here.

 

Tim Walker

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