Day At The Track

Punters to look for value in exotic wagers

11:59 PM 12 Aug 2010 NZST
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Sargeant Jujon will be looking to
Sargeant Jujon will be looking to - capitalize on a favourable draw in Race 1 at Albion Park
Photo by Corey Pearce

An evenly poised 10 race card will take place at Albion Park this Saturday night, where harness racing punters will no doubt be looking for value, particularly when placing exotic wagers. The Black & White Army of the Dixon's will be endeavouring to start the night on a winning note with Sargeant Jujon, who has drawn favourably in barrier 2.

The As Promised gelding should be able to lead from go to whoa and will take some running over down the straight.

Race 2 looks to be dominated by Team McCarthy who will hopple up three runners including Perfectly Painted, Lockton Loaded and Flirt Alert.The danger is the awkwardly drawn Badlands Hanover gelding Miller (9) trained by Daren Garrard, who produced the run of the night last week at headquarters and is shooting for three straight Albion Park victories.

The third appears an open affair after the release of barriers, though the best chance seems to be the John McCarthy trained Our Sir Vancelot gelding Im Hood Winked, who though drawn 11 has been sitting and sprinting with great zest of late.

Greek To Me has to be afforded one last opportunityto crack his M0 after drawing barrier 2 over 1660m. The Astreos gelding has changed owners and stables since last week and the now John McCarthy trained commodity should be able to dictate terms and kick clear in the run to the line.

Memorandum has the best draw in the most suitable race to capitalize and win his second race of the season. The gelding by Village Jasper will be looking to lead throughout for the Cini Brothers.

In race 6 Astrophe, the 254 start veteran looks to have a chance to break his M0.He had a 4 peg smother run last week and the Bonomax 9yo hit the linestrongly and will be suited by barrier 3 and the distance of 1660m for father and son combination John and Peter McMullen.

The claimer is an open event following the barrier draw with the McCarthy pair of Korlim Garry and Nickys Falcon drawing the back row.They will need a genuine clip up front if they are to get in to the race.The pace will more than likely be set by the in form Ricks Revenge who is stepping up in class and out for a new trainer in Francis Weston, given the rise in class he may be vulnerable when the whips are flicking over the concluding stages.

The trot is a race with many in form square-gaiters contesting, though the Vicky Rasmussen trained, Shane Graham driven Head Over Heals appears to be well graded and the likely favourite for the event.The Maoris Idol gelding will be looking to reel in the field over the final 400m, as was the case at Albion Park on Tuesday.

The C2/C5 has brought together a mixture of 3yo's on the rise and 4yo and older horses in good form around the provincials.Inthelightofday, a gelding by Life Sign despite his second row draw looks terribly hard to hold out on his recent efforts for Team McCarthy.

The last race sees Final Champion trying to emulate last weeks win, though the Town Champion gelding trained by Bill Crosby and to be driven again by Gary Whitaker will this week race for double the prize money.On paper he looks a good thing on his recent efforts.

The mobile rolls for Race 1 at 5.16pm.

Entry is Free with the Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong AFL game shown live throughout the night.

by Albion Park Harness Racing Club

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