Racing heats up for the last spring meeting

02:13 AM 22 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Cullen Hanover with Bart Cockburn
Cullen Hanover with Bart Cockburn
Photo by Corey Pearce

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event card this Saturday night (November 26) with many strong chances on the program. The first race is the Allanna Plumbing Pace, an M2 to M3 event at 5.10pm.

A Dixon trifecta could be possible with the stable's three runners in the race drawn in barriers one, two and eight.

The first of which is Sargeant Jujon (As Promised). The six year gelding has two placings in his five starts since returning from a spell. Wide draws have plagued the pacer in recent starts and this (his 79th start) is his best barrier draw for sometime.

Cullen Hanover (Christian Cullen), who is draw in barrier two, won in an upset victory under standing start conditions last Saturday night.

Cullen Hanover, driven by Bart Cockburn in the 2138 metre event, began quickly off the front line mark before taking a trail behind runner-up Elzar and dashing through along the sprint lane late.

Drawn inside the second row is Stormy Warrior (Brioso Hanover), the third of the Dixon runners.

Stormy Warrior finished a close second behind Our Laughalot last Saturday night when wide for a large portion of the race.

Last start winners Loud N Clear (Tinted Cloud) and Our Laughalot (Our Sir Vancelot) have added extra depth to a strong race to start the night.

Loud N Clear, for trainer Bunger Johnson, won in claiming grade at the Albion Park club's midweek program last week as a $2.60 favourite and will start from barrier three.

Our Laughalot, drawn in barrier ten, is a member of the Vicki Rasmussen and Shane Graham stable at Logan Village.

The Rasmussen/Graham combination has enjoyed an enormous amount of success with their team in recent weeks and this runner is no exception to the rule.

The eight year old is aiming for three metropolitan victories in a row, having made the winners circle the past two weeks at headquarters. The most impressive of the two victories was in his latest attempt when recording a 1.55.9 mile rating for a personal best. Our Laughalot sat outside the leader throughout to salute by a head as an odds on $1.90 favourite.

Other main chances in the race include No Swaps (Courage Under Fire) for trainer Shannon Price and Jaccka Limon (Union Guy) for Hayden Green.

In the second race of the night, the Five Star Horse Transport Pace, inside drawn Maggie Mine (Art Major) is aiming for four straight victories.

Maggie Mine is another runner from the Grant Dixon stable, having recorded three handy victories in the past three weeks at both the Gold Coast and Albion Park.

In form pacer Pacific Cruza (Pacific Fella) will also contest the second race from the wide draw in alley seven for trainer Shawn Grimsey. The six year old is unbeaten since resuming from a spell in his three starts, all of which were at Albion Park.

Trained at Tamborine, Pacific Cruza has a handy 1.54.9 personal best mile rating beside his name.

Brad Cowen will take the reins in Saturday night's assignment.

The strong eight event program will wrap up with the Burwood Stud Mares Pace at 8.35pm.

By Anthony COLLINS

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