Navajo Candy can repeat at Albion Park

04:10 AM 09 Aug 2011 NZST
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Barton Cockburn aboard Navajo Candy
Barton Cockburn aboard Navajo Candy - beats Karter Brown in the 4BC Series heat
Photo by Corey Pearce

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will once again conduct an eight event program this Saturday night (August 13) at the Queensland Headquarters. Brisbane Radio Station 4BC have sponsored the meeting which will feature the final of the 4BC M1 to M2 series. Race one, the 4BC Breakfast Pace, is an M2 to M3 event over 2138 metres at 6.10pm.

Drawn in alley three is last start winner and speedy beginner Gold Pay (Armbro Operative) for Scarborough trainer Alan Johnson. Gold Pay is a nine year old gelding who is having his 197th career start, aiming for his 30th victory. His latest attempt was in C6 and better company at Redcliffe last week where he was able to find the front over the 2040m trip and record a mile rate of 1.59.4 in defeating Woodlands Lifeline.

Directly beside Gold Pay in barrier four is handy Albion Park performer A Falcon Can (Falcon Seelster) for trainer John McCarthy and son driver Todd. A Falcon Can is seldom out of a place on the Albion Park Surface recording a win five starts ago when able to use barrier one to full advantage by gaining a sit behind the leader and using the sprint lane to score defeating Navajo Candy.

Several runners on the second row make up the many chances.

Caesar Supreme (Julius Caesar) is one of two runners for trainer Darrel Graham. Caesar Supreme put together two Albion Park victories last month, the smartest of which was recorded in a 1.56.3 mile rating over the 1660m trip when he defeated Lip Sync. The four year old gelding has an impressive record of 16 victories from 32 starts.

Woodlands Lifeline (Day In A Life) for trainer Terry Hancock is considered another strong chance by form analysts. Woodlands Lifeline was a winner at Albion Park three starts ago defeating Sargeant Jujon.

Drawn in barrier eleven is the other of the two Darrel Graham trained pacers- Franco Emerger (Falcon Seelster). Franco Emerger has won three out of his past five starts, the slowest of which was in a 1.57.4 mile rating at Albion Park in an M2 to M3 event three starts ago.

The final of the 4BC M1 to M2 Series will be Race 4 on the program- 4BC Sports Today M1-M2 Series Final at 7.40pm.

Three heats were conducted on the metropolitan program last Saturday night.

In racebook order- the heat winner to drawn the closest alley is Navajo Candy (P B Bullville) for trainer Bill Dixon. Navajo Candy, who last week won with junior reinsman Barton Cockburn aboard, landed three back along the pegs early before dashing through along the sprint lane to win- defeating stablemate Karter Brown (P B Bullville), who this week has drawn in alley ten.

Jaccka Limon (Union Guy), for trainer Hayden Green, has drawn this week in gate nine. Driven to an all the way victory last week by visiting reinsman Robbie Byrnes, Jaccka Limon, recorded the fastest heat win in a mile rating of 1.57.7 for the 2138m trip. Jaccka Limon's career effort is 17 victories and a further 21 placings from 64 starts.

Our Madagascar (Falcon Seelster) kept his unbeaten Queensland record in tact last week when defeating Roman Ruler and Dixie Bromac. Our Madagascar, trained by John McCarthy, has had three starts in Queensland for two Albion Park victories and one at the Gold Coast at his first attempt at facing the starter in Queensland- he is drawn in alley eleven for Saturday night's final.

The night's racing action will wrap up with the Tommy's Tips Mares Pace at 9.37pm, an M0 event for the pacing Mares.

Anthony COLLINS

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