Day At The Track

Interdom hopefuls on show at Albion Park

11:51 PM 06 Feb 2014 NZDT
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The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will host another strong nine race program this Saturday night.

And several Inter Dominion nominated pacers will strut their stuff before contesting the heat next weekend.

The ‘Get the Trot Tips Gameplan Pace’ over 1660m is set to be a cracking event with several highly regarded runners putting their credentials on the line.

As it stands, there is no standout performer in the open class ranks of Queensland.

The barrier draw has played a vital role in the mapping of this race with many facing a difficult challenge after copping awkward draws.

But Trot Tips is confident of a forward showing from an in-form runner.

“I think this race will set-up nicely for former Sydney gelding Avonnova, he lands a handy trailing draw behind a good beginner and his trial earlier this week was very impressive where he rated good time and did it easily. Clearly, the horse to beat this weekend and maybe even next week too.” Trot Tips Mick Polster said.

The Ian Gurney trained pacer has won three of his six starts in the sunshine state including the recent Listed $25,000 Christmas Cup where he defeated talented type Field Officer.

A last start winner at Albion Park on January 18, Avonnova was fitted for this assignment this weekend with a stylish trial on Tuesday afternoon where he beat Bettor Draw in a time of 1;55.7.

“Avonnova beat Bettor Draw comprehensively in that trial and appeared to have something left in the tank; he could easily be unbeaten here in Brisbane because he was most unlucky on the three occasions he did get beat.

“He’s a versatile type who should settle in a forward position; I don’t think Bart Cockburn will sit for long before he makes a move so he can control the race tempo and his rivals.

“The well-drawn trio of Bettor Draw, My Jellignite and Sign To Inverell are all racing in fantastic form with strong ratings and loom as the toughest to beat for Avonnova. I’m prepared to risk Forever Gold and Devil Dodger, they fought out the finish on Tuesday but the draw is a killer for both because you would expect them to cut the mile in about 1;54.5 or something similar for this trip.”

This race will provide plenty of insight for the $50,000 Glenferrie Farm Inter Dominion heat next week which will be staged over the middle distance of 2138m.

Other highlights include the $20,000 Finals, the Seymour Rising Stars Championship featuring the dynamic three-year-old Major Sam while the Dash for Cash will also be staged.

First race scheduled for 5.05pm local time.

By Chris Barby (Harness Racing Australia)

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