Day At The Track

Alchin's barriers are worlds apart

04:02 AM 26 Jun 2014 NZST
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Jarrod Alchin
Talented harness racing reinsman Jarrod Alchin will drive two horses in Breeders Challenge Finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle, two year old gelding Sporty Spook drew barrier one while three year old filly Amanda Von will start from the outside after coming up with gate twelve meaning she will start from ten with the emergencies out.

"Sporty Spook has drawn perfectly, he has some options from the good gate because he has the speed to lead or he can take a sit, that decision will be up to David (Kennedy trainer) and we will talk later in the week," Alchin said.

"Amanda Von just lacks high speed but she will be suited down to the ground with the distance of the race, if they go hard she'll be running home well, the quicker they go the better."

Sporty Spook was impressive beating the older horses at Wagga last week and Alchin was pleased to see the performance after being a little disappointed with his semi final run when he finished fourth behind Ominous Warning.

"I thought he was only ordinary in the semi final compared to how he has felt in the past but David did say he might have got away on him in the week so he took him home after the Menangle run and worked him really hard, it obviously worked because his run at Wagga last Friday was great."

"I think Ominous Warning is the hardest to beat, he has got the good alley, before the draw I thought there were a few chances but afterwards I think Sporty Spook and Ominous Warning deserve to be the favourites."

Alchin trains Monarkmac and he will compete in the Rising Stars Final and will be driven by Nathan Xuereb.

"I think Nathan will really suit Monarkmac, he needs to be driven quietly and in these young drivers' races they tend to go very hard and set it up for something from the back so hopefully he gets the right run in the race."

"His win two starts ago was really good and he has been working well since."


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