Day At The Track

Top field in Ballarat Lightning Mile

04:24 PM 01 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Keayang Cullen

Friday night’s Laser Electrical Ballarat Lightning Mile is shaping as an exciting spectacle for harness racing fans.

With $50,000 on offer – consisting of $30,000 in stake and $20,000 in bonuses – the 1609-metre sprint has assembled a strong field.

The bonuses are broken down to $10,000 if the winner breaks Smoken Up’s 1:53.1 track record set in last year’s Mile and another $10,000 if Smoken Up’s state mark of 1:51.1 is lowered.

The ‘swift seven’ are headed by established star Keayang Cullen and newcomer Maximan.

Successful at his three starts since crossing the Tasman, Maximan has been kept fresh since his inspirational free-for-all win at Tabcorp Park Melton.

On that occasion, the Andy Gath-trained gelding was headed along the home straight only to fight back to win in an effort reminiscent of Smoken Up!

The stylish son of Armbro Operative will begin from barrier five, with Keayang Cullen drawn on his outside.

Winner of his last seven starts, Keayang Cullen will be first-up since his Breeders’ Crown Free-For-All triumph in August.

The Marg Lee-trained son of Christian Cullen trialled in sensational fashion at Ballarat last weekend, equalling the 2200-metre track record with his 1:55.4 performance.

Popular identity Paul Rowse is hoping to be both the presenter and recipient of the feature’s trophy.

Along with his role as Ballarat’s chief executive, Rowse is the trainer of Savesomtimetodream, which will come from gate two.

A handy son of Village Jasper, Savesomtimetodream has won two of his last five starts, with two thirds also to his credit.

Thanks to the generous gesture of trainer Lance Justice, Smoken Up will lead the field onto the track ahead of the Group Three event.

  • PAUL COURTS

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