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Shartin shines in Queensland Oaks

04:18 PM 10 Jul 2017 NZST
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The Dean Braun trained Shartin lead throughout to win the Gr.2 $75,000 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks.
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The second night of the 2017 Brisbane harness racing winter carnival at Albion Park belonged to the Victorians.

Brilliant filly Shartin dominated the Gr.2 $75,000 AQWA Constructions Queensland Oaks when leading all the way for trainer Dean Braun and driver Luke McCarthy defeating My Casino Belle and race favourite Partyon in the 2138m feature.

Shartin led comfortably from her inside draw and ambled through the lead time in 38.9 seconds with My Casino Belle tucking into the trail position while Partyon pushed forward to race outside the leader and then presenting Delightful Memphis in the one out one back trail.

Over the final mile, McCarthy allowed Shartin to roll and posted sectionals of 29.8, 29.9, 27.9 and 26.4 seconds.

Shartin rated 2:32.9, a mile rate of 1:55.1.

Facing the starter for only the ninth time in her career, the Tintin In America filly has now won six times which also includes her triumph in the Tasmania Oaks earlier this season.

The Queensland Oaks has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Braun who has enjoyed success previously with Itz Nosurprisesthere (2013) and Nike Franco (2014).

It is expected that both Shartin and My Casino Belle will back-up next week and tackle the boys in the Queensland Derby.

Speed machine Hectorjayjay claimed back to back victories in the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint defeating My Field Marshal and Lennytheshark in a time of 1:54.1.

The time is one of the slowest in recent years; in fact, it’s the slowest time since the incomparable Blacks A Fake scored in 2011 in a time of 1:54.5.

Leading easily, Hectorjayjay and driver Josh Aiken strolled through the opening half in 29.4 and 30.8 seconds which instantly nullified the winning chances of his rivals.

My Field Marshal worked around the field quickly and raced outside Hectorjayjay while Lennytheshark sat behind his stablemate.

Racing down the back straight, Hectorjayjay was full of racing and the third split was timed in a leisurely 29.2 seconds.

In the straight, the sprint went into overdrive and Hectorjayjay was able to hold My Field Marshal by a neck margin with Lennytheshark a further 6m away in third.

The last quarter was clocked in 25.7 seconds.

Hectorjayjay is prepared by David Aiken and was handled by his son Josh.

The victory pushed his earnings past the $1 million mark.

It was his 41st victory from 78 starts.

Hectorjayjay becomes the first pacer since Cobbity Classic (2005/06) to claim back to back victories in the sprint feature.

Next week, the open class feature is the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake over the staying distance of 2680m.

The More The Better, nominal favourite for next week’s Queensland Derby capped his campaign with another stylish display in the Gr.3 $30,540 Egmont Park Provincial Derby defeating Pretty Hot and Cowboys N Aliens.

Fresh from his success last week in the Premiers Cup, The More The Better and driver Natalie Rasmussen sat back in the field while the leaders set a hot speed up front.

In the end, the Bettors Delight colt proved too classy winning by 6m in a time of 1:55.2 for the 2138m distance.

The $20,540 Burwood Stud Fleur De Lil Ladyship Stakes was taken out by talented local mare Cherish The Moment who beat race favourite Bettorthanspecial and Joys A Babe in a time of 1:53.9.

Cherish The Moment is trained and driven by leading horseman Grant Dixon.

The Mach Three mare has now won 13 of her 40 starts with earnings in excess of $120,000.

Next week, the features include the $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake, the Gr.1 $100,000 QBRED Triad 2yo Finals and the Gr.2 $75,000 Queensland Derby.

Chris Barsby

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