Day At The Track

Rene Allard has big chance in Cup & Saucer

02:42 PM 12 Aug 2014 NZST
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Rene Allard
Rene Allard
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Mickey Hanover

Harness racing trainer Rene Allard has been waiting a long time for this, but after Monday nights trial 2 it looks like he has a very fair shot at winning his first ever Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer.

Mickey Hanover in-line to last years winner Marc Campbell made every call a winning one stopping the clock in 1:50.4 tying the track record at Red Shores' Charlottetown.

Allard has been coming to P.E.I. since 2009, trying to win the Gold Cup and Saucer and after Monday nights trial, it could be in his near future.

"It's pretty special. Every year it seems like a lot of disappointment but it's not an easy race to win. We keep getting closer and closer," said Allard. "I knew the horse was feeling really good and he came to the Island real sharp so I liked his chances. He was awesome."

'King' Campbell did exactly what Allard asked of him, he sent Mickey Hanover out of the gate from post four laying down fractions of :26.2 :54.2 and 1:22.4 before closing in out in :28.

"I asked Marc, plan A is put him on the point, plan B or C you figure it out," said Allard.

Campbell said the objective was just to get him into the final.

"I just got to the front, I tried to get him a little breather in there and Rene said he may try and get his own breather in going to the three-quarters. I just made sure I kept him alive and didn't get caught sleeping."

Campbell took a clean sweep of the trials after winning trial 1 with Aracache Hanover.

"The objective was just to get him into the final," Campbell said about trying the track record. " Both trips were pretty amazing. They're both good horses, they're both class act horses."

Campbell said he felt like he may have had a little more left in the tank.

"He's a big lazy, grinding horse. I just chased him down to the wire, but I'd imagine he'd have a little more if someone had came fighting him."

As for Allard he said it doesn't matter the time going into Saturday night $ 75, 000 final

"Time only counts in jail. Saturday we would like to win but time doesn't matter. We can only hope for the best."

Campbell said it's a dream come true to win both trials.

"Just to get into a trial is really exciting, to get to drive power like Rene Allard and Ron Burke's horses, for those guys to give you the call on their horses it means a lot. It picks your head up and gives you a little more confidence."

Take It Back Terry finished two lengths back, Scott Rocks finished third and despite a break heading around the five-eights turn Wazzup Wazzup punched the final ticket into Saturday nights final.

On the undercard, Say It Again Sam in line to trainer - driver extended his win streak to 10 converting off a perfect two-hole ride to provide a minor upset over favourite Im Drinkin Doubles in 1:57.3.

Campbell had a driving double, winning with Yankee No More in 1:57.3 earlier on in the card. Teddys Place managed to string together a pair of Old Home Week victories winning the 11th race in 1:57.4 for Mike Stevenson.

Racing returns to Red Shores' Charlottetown tomorrow afternoon featuring the Meridian Farms Atlantic Sire Stakes for two and three-year-old trotters. Tune in Tuesday night for the live post position draw for the Gold Cup and Saucer at 8pm.

Bo Ford



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