Day At The Track

Racing Minister's Cup turns into a battle

05:34 AM 22 Feb 2012 NZDT
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Mach Alert
Mach Alert - who is having his first start since July last year.
Photo by Corey Pearce

Heats of both the Autumn Championship and the Racing Ministers Cup will be the feature events on the Albion Park Harness Racing Club's eight event program this Saturday night February 25).

Racing action will kick off at 5.10pm with the first heat of the Autumn Championship.

The 2138 metre trip is for the M1 to M3 assessed performers. The final of the Championship will be conducted at Albion Park on the first Saturday night of Autumn, the 3rd of March.

Allamerican Idol (Allamerican Theory) for trainer Vicki Rasmussen will start in barrier six. The five year old mare has had the one start last Saturday, since returning from an unsuccessful Group Three Ranji Bill Stakes at Menangle.

Starting as a $2.30 favourite at Albion Park, Allamerican Idol placed fourth behind Elzar in the 2138 metre event, where the winner recorded a strong 1.57.4 mile rating.

First up from a spell is Karter Brown (P B Bullville) for trainer Grant Dixon.

Karter Brown has been a prolific money spinner for connections, recording an impressive eighteen victories and eighteen placings from fifty race starts.

The five year old will start from barrier nine.

The second heat of the Autumn Championship is the fifth event at 7.07pm.

Four year old entire Sign To Inverell (Lifesign) is engaged to start in barrier one.

The Darrel Graham trained, well travelled pacer has a striking record of twelve victories and eighteen placings from thirty-nine starts, which includes a 1.55.2 personal best mile.

Drawn on the back row is the Shane Sanderson trained Maywyn Tonz.

Maywyn Tonz has finished further back than second in only two of his twelve starts to date.

This impressive five year old will start from barrier ten.

The first heat of the Racing Minister's Cup is race three at 6.05pm.

Yell Fireinthehole (Courage Under Fire) is drawn in barrier six for trainer John McMullen.

Yet another five year old, Yell Fireinthehole has only had five Australian race starts since heading over from New Zealand.

The performances include three victories, all of which have been at Albion Park delivering him a 60% winning percentage at headquarters.

Final Champion (Town Champion) will start from barrier eleven in the same event for trainer Bill Crosby.

Final Champion raced Friday night at the Gold Coast, placing second after breaking at the start, after resuming from a spell since the Maitland Intercity Pace in January.

The second heat of the Racing Minister's Cup is the sixth event at 7.40pm.

In perhaps the most open of the four heats of the two series, drawn in barrier five Mach Alert (Mach Three) will carry the tag of the richest earner in the race. With winnings of over $108,000 Mach Alert has been victorious in The Queensland Pacers Derby and the Premiers Cup which add to his four career victories in six Australian race starts.

Mach Alert, a New Zealand bred pacer, will be first up since competing in the Group three Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Slipnslide in July last year.

While many stand out mentions of the evening have been five year olds, the Racing Minister’s Cup is looking very much like a battle of the four year olds with 14 of the 22 contestants in the age group.

Both series finals and the Paleface Adios Classic will brought to you next week by Horsepower.

The final race this Saturday will be the Wanless Wastecorp Pace at 8.35pm.

By Anthony COLLINS (for the APHRC)

Allamerican Idol's last win at Albion Park on January 28, 2012:

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