Day At The Track

Talented pacers readied for features

11:40 AM 08 Jul 2020 NZST
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Sheza Bonny Sheila,Harness racing
Sheza Bonny Sheila
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With the Queensland winter carnival now in full swing, a number of talented types were fine tuning their skills at the trials today (Tuesday).

The opening night of the Albion Park features gets underway this weekend while the following fortnight will also see plenty of talent on display, both equine and human.

Improving three-year-old Gleneagle Warrior is being set for next week’s Gr.2 $50,660 Garrards South East Derby, a feature event to be staged over 2138m.

Raced by Graeme Harris who recently transferred the Shadyshark Hanover gelding to the care of Vicki Rasmussen and the big striding type has thrived with the change of routine.

Under the care of Rasmussen, Gleneagle Warrior has recorded three wins from five starts while his overall record now stands at five wins from 24 starts to date.

At his most recent start, Gleneagle Warrior finished a brave second to Governor Jujon in the Gr.3 $35,520 Garrards Redcliffe Yearling Sales Series 3yo Final on June 19.

In his 1660m public workout today, Gleneagle Warrior produced a withering sprint over the final 600m to score a decisive victory in a time of 1:55.4.

The trial was covered in splits of 28.8, 31.5, 28 and 27.2 seconds.

Leading reinsman Shane Graham again took the drive.

Meanwhile, promising two-year-old filly Sheza Bonny Sheila caught the eye with a fast finishing third placing behind This Ones For You and Not The Kingswood in a 1660m trial.

The time was 1:58.8 with the final half covered in 57.4 seconds.

Prepared by Barb Barry, Sheza Bonny Sheila has not raced since making an error as favourite in the Listed $25,550 QBRED Breeders Classic Fillies Final at Albion Park on May 23 when fifth behind Vanish Hanover in a time of 1:56.8.

The Betterthancheddar filly is already a feature race winner this season when scoring in the Changeover Classic at Albion Park on March 28.

Regular reinsman Adam Sanderson took the drive.

Sheza Bonny Sheila is being readied for the Gr.1 $100,550 QBRED Triad Fillies Final is scheduled for July 25.

 

Chris Barsby

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