Day At The Track

Scene set for exciting close to harness season

06:34 AM 17 Jul 2018 NZST
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Into You storming home to victory on Sunday
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Leading reinsmen Chris Alford and Greg Sugars will stage an exciting battle for the Warragul drivers' premiership at the club's next race meeting on August 26.

Alford drove a treble at the latest race meeting at Warragul yesterday (Sunday), while Sugars drove one winner and three minor placings, with both horsemen sitting at the top of the premiership table heading into the final race meeting of the season.

Both Alford and Sugars could have several drives at the August meeting, so an enthralling battle may take place.

Alford's treble were trained by local horseman Gary Quinlan - courtesy of pacers Roll With Rocky and Heavens Showgirl, and trotter Omy Son, while Sugars drove Illawong Maestro to win the fourth race for his father, Ross.

Top young horseman Darby McGuigan also drove two winners at the Sunday meeting, courtesy of Undaliner and Into You.

The performance of Into You in particular was one of the better wins of the day.

The Rob Evans trained mare came with a strong finishing burst in the home straight, claiming leader Mystic Castle in the shadows of the post.

Locally trained, Into You has won at the last two Warragul meetings, and is towards the top of the table for the Warragul "Horse of the Year" award for season 2017/2018, heading into August's season close.

A further win at the August meeting would sew up victory in the award for connections.

Surprisingly, Into You went around as a $14.90 chance on the TAB on Sunday, despite having won last month at Warragul in close to track record time.

Four-year-old mare Yourgottabelucky made it two wins in succession with victory in the second race on Sunday for trainer/driver Richard Caruana.


Kyle Galley

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