It’s a case of strength in numbers for harness racing trainer Grant Dixon.
But there is plenty at stake rather than just the attractive prizemoney for the leading combination of Grant Dixon and his loyal owners Kevin and Kay Seymour.
Fresh from their success last week when they combined to win both the Redcliffe City Gold Cup and the Oaks, they venture back to the bayside club looking for more feature race success.
Cup winner Majestic Major along with Majestic Mach, Supreme Mach, Field Major and Highview Teejay will represent the Dixon/Seymour combination in the $30,000 Chris Garrard Patrons Purse tomorrow night (Friday).
Only The Brave is the other member of the black and white army in the final feature of the 2014 Queensland harness winter carnival.
So, with six of the ten runners engaged, success is highly likely although connections of Terror Time, American Legend, Missing Letters and Condagen won’t concede defeat just yet.
Punters have been given a good lead with Dixon opting to drive former juvenile star Majestic Mach in preference to his stablemates.
Majestic Mach hasn’t reached the dizzy heights like most expected this season as a four-year-old but he has still managed to win 7 of his 17 starts while banking more than $90,000.
The Mach Three gelding finished sixth at his most recent start in the Gr.3 $45,000 4yo Championship at Albion Park on July 19 but has trialed impressively at Albion Park since in preparation for his first Redcliffe start.
“It’s been a bit of a mystery his form this season but Grant continues to pinpoint the problem and hopefully he can return to his best form. His trial victory the other week at Albion Park was impressive and Grant was pleased with the way he pulled up.” Owner/breeder Kevin Seymour said.
Importantly, the feature race also doubles as a trial for a possible Victorian campaign with connections eyeing off the Australasian Breeders Crown series with heats scheduled for Sunday, August 17 at TABCORP Park, Melton.
The $682,000 earner was set to venture to Melbourne last year for the Breeders Crown before a virus ruined those plans.
“If he performs well at Redcliffe, we will be keen to go to Melbourne with him to tackle the Breeders Crown series. Grant has Feel The Faith and Alleluia qualified for their respective divisions also.
“We also race Feel The Faith but we won’t lock in a campaign until Majestic Mach races this weekend, we will let the horse do the talking for us.
“It won’t be easy for him considering this is his first start at the track and he’s got strong opposition with the likes of Majestic Major and Supreme Mach among others. Both Majestic Major and Supreme Mach performed really well last week in the Cup and for mine, they’re a little under estimated.”
Dixon has engaged Kylie Rasmussen (Majestic Major), Mathew Neilson (Supreme Mach), Trent Moffat (Field Officer), Paul Diebert (Highview Teejay) and John Cremin (Only The Brave) for his other runners in the feature event.
The Dixon/Seymour combination is looking for back to back success in the Garrards Patrons Purse after winning last year with former Kiwi gelding Alberto Contador.