Star pacers clash in New Years Final

11:25 AM 10 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Caesar Augustus
Caesar Augustus
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The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will play host to strong nine race program this weekend.

Highlights include the $20,000 Seymour Rising Stars Championship Final, the $20,000 Seymour Dash for Cash Final plus an intriguing clash in the $16,000 New Year Series MO Final between two of the state’s best four-year-old pacers.

The open-class performers are also catered for with a $14,000 event which has drawn together plenty of speedsters over the 1660m distance.

But the clash of Brigadier Bronski and Caesar Augustus is without doubt the scene stealer.

The pair of regally bred stallions cruised through their respective heats last weekend, setting the stage for an epic showdown this Saturday night.

And TROT TIPS can’t wait for the clash.

“This will be an absolute thriller; both pacers are racing in superb form with Brigadier Bronski winning his past six starts in crushing style while Caesar Augustus has won five of his last six starts with his defeat coming at the hands of the mighty Guaranteed in Sydney.” Mick Polster said.

Surprisingly, the standout performers have only clashed once previously and that was way back during their rookie terms in a heat of the Australian Pacing Gold Series at Albion Park where they both chased home the freakish juvenile Majestic Mach.

Brigadier Bronski managed to finish as the runner-up on that occasion albeit some 18.5m behind Majestic Mach while Caesar Augustus clocked in fourth beaten 23m.

The Josh Moore trained Caesar Augustus (1;57.4) rated faster time than the Stuart Hunter prepared Brigadier Bronski (1;58.8) last week in the heats but the barrier draw advantage in the final is with the latter.

“Although Brigadier Bronski has the better draw on paper, I believe Caesar Augustus can still lead from his wide post position. Chris Petroff is an aggressive driver and obviously his best chance of beating Brigadier Bronski is by being in front of him so his plans look fairly simple.

“I liked what I witnessed last week with Caesar Augustus and I still think there is some upside left in him and his Albion Park record is stunning but Brigadier Bronski is super fit and really hungry currently, some of his sectional times lately have been absolutely crazy.

“I’m leaning with Brigadier Bronski to take this battle on the proviso he may be a little harder with his condition, I won’t be shocked to see Shane Graham drive steady early before trying to out muscle him over the final lap. This will be an awesome race.”

While Polster views it as a two horse race, the form student gives Schindler the best chance as a knockout hope.

The Ian Gurney trained pacer finished a solid second behind Caesar Augustus last week in the heat.

“Without doubt, he appears as the best chance to provide the upset result if the two standout’s go to war from the get go, Schindler held his own last week and his splits were strong.

“Ian Gurney has his small team going really well presently and this guy has a great hope, he will appreciate following a strong speed, a must for the exotics.”

For those searching for the best bet this weekend, Polster has labelled former Kiwi pacer Major Sam (Race 2   No.4) in the Dash for Cash Final.

The first race is scheduled to start at 5.05pm

By Chris Barbsy (Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia)

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