Day At The Track

Riverboat Star is worth a look fresh-up

06:09 AM 27 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Riverboat Star can win fresh-up
Riverboat Star can win fresh-up - after a nine-month spell.
Photo by Corey Pearce

An eight strong harness racing program will be conducted by the Albion Park Harness Racing Club in Brisbane this Saturday night (October 29). The first event on the metropolitan program will kick off at 5.40pm. Race one is the 'Call Norm taylor To Spell Your Horse Pace' - an M1 classed event over the sprint trip of 1660m.

As per the opening race on each of the Saturday night programs at Albion Park this event is a race with many chances.

Consistent placegetter Dead Or Alive (Live or Die) for trainer Brad Connelly has drawn well in barrier one. Dead Or Alive has placed in over fifty percent of his starts to date, including three out of his latest four at Albion Park.

Jet High (Stature) for ultra-consistent trainer Shane Sanderson has drawn close, as well, in barrier two. The seven year old gelding has placed in the top three in each of his six starts prior to 6th at his latest look.

Three stables have dual runners in the opening race, with the Grant Dixon stable having engaged The Masters Choice (P B Bullville) and Elzar (As Promised), drawn in barriers three and four respectively.

The John McCarthy stable has Our Crusherdust (Live Or Die) and Lip Sync (Brioso Hanover), who are both drawn on the second row.

Vicki Rasmussen is the third trainer with dual runners- New Zealand bred Our Laughalot (Our Sir Vancelot) and Alberts Charm (Albert Albert), who are both drawn on the back row as well.

Lebron (Jennas Beach Boy), another leading chance who is drawn in barrier six, for trainer Brian McCall won at huge odds of $37.70 last Saturday night in a mile rating of 1.56.2.

In later races punters will have their eyes on two runners returning from the spelling paddock.

Maywyn Jasper (Village Jasper) is the first of which, drawn in barrier three in the forth event- The SEW EURODRIVE PACE at 7.09.

Maywyn Jasper, who is prepared by Gatton Based Shane Sanderson, won the Australian Pacing Gold 3yo Colts & Geldings Final at Tabcorp Park, Menangle in March last year.

The previous 1.52.7 winner resuming since May this year, has since recovered from an operation to repair a breathing defect.

The second of the two runners is the John McMullen Senior trained Riverboat Star (Riverboat King) which is engaged in race six- The LUNCHBOX LODGE SPELLING FARM PACE, an M4 or better event at 8.10.

Riverboat Star contested the 2009 Interdominion at the Gold Coast. The eight year old gelding hasn't started since victorious on the Albion Park track in January this year, when he defeated Fox Valley Appeal in a mile rating of 1.54.8.

Riverboat Star is now prepared by McMullen Senior who has taken over the reins from his son John to prepare his star pacer. Pete McMullen, grandson of John, will take the reins once again.

One of Riverboat Star's main opponents is Interdominion heat winner Atomic Ark (Albert Albert) for Grant Dixon.

Although the nine year old hasn't won since winning his Interdominion heat in February last year, he has figured closely in his three starts back in Queensland for Dixon since heading back from his Western Australian Campaign.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club is hosting a function this Saturday night for Norm and Robyn Taylor, the 2011 Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Be Good Johnny Sprint sponsors.

Race 2 is also set to commemorate the birthday of Norm and Robyn’s son in law, Chopper.

The final race of the night is the Campbells Wholsesale Trotters Handicap at 9.07.

by Anthony COLLINS

Riverboat Star's last start win at Albion Park on January 22, 2011:

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