Day At The Track

Gold Ace flying ahead of Mile

08:03 AM 09 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Steven Reid
Steven Reid

Any NZ$60,000 race is a big one but for Gold Ace the Flying Mile at Cambridge tonight could be a life changer. Win and the harness racing speedster could head back to Australia for one last shot at making an impression for his future stallion career there.

And not to mention the small matter of the A$1.6million worth of races he can contest in the space of just six weeks at Melton and Menangle.

But lose tomorrow, most likely to Adore Me, and trainer and part owner Steven Reid has to think seriously about staying home and concentrating on the Auckland Cup and Gold Ace ending his racing days here in New Zealand.

“I’d love to take him over there for another crack at the big races cause I feel he has some unfinished business.

“He was great in both the Victoria and Hunter Cups last year and I’d also like to have a go at a really fast mile time at Menangle.

“So if he can win, especially beating Adore Me this week, that is all on.”

With that in mind the barrier draw was crucial, Gold Ace securing barrier two and Adore Me to start from four.

“All I wanted was to draw inside the mare and have a chance,” said Reid.

“We have got that now and I think everybody knows we will be trying for an all the way win.

“If Adore Me can sit outside us and beat us then so be it.”

Reid says Gold Ace is starting to feel more like the horse who won both the NZ Free-For-All and this race two seasons ago.

“I actually think he is back to something like his best,” says Reid.

“He has really seemed to come on in the last few weeks and you know that when he starts bucking.

“When he was at his best as a three-year-old he used to buck in the prelims and sometimes even in a race.

“And he has been doing in this week. I worked him on Wednesday and he bucked like seven or eight times in the warm up.

“So he is feeling good. Whether that is good enough to beat the mare we will see.”

The NZ TAB opened Adore Me a $1.40 to win tomorrow night, with Gold Ace at $3.40 to upset her, as he did when he downed Adore Me’s stablemate Smolda when he was hot favourite for this race two seasons ago.

by Michael Guerin

Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

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