Harness racing driver Gary Whitaker is in familiar surroundings.
The talented Queensland reinsman will take the drive the drive on gifted two-year-old pacer Constantlysideways in Saturday night’s Gr.2 $80,000 Kevin & Kay Seymour QBRED Triad Final at Albion Park.
And despite his shock loss in the heat last week behind Admiral Bronski, Whitaker is comfortable about heading into the rich final.
“Our aim last week was to give him an easier run as possible with a view to the final but it turned out he enjoyed the relaxed approach a little too much, Admiral Bronski sprinted quickly and got us down over the concluding stages but it will be a different story this week.” Whitaker said.
The combination of Gary Whitaker and trainer Bill Crosby over the last decade with feature race results has been extraordinary with a raft of trophies to their credit through the deeds of Western Mail, Shez No Fake, Lady White Water and Morethanmeetstheye to name a few.
And Constantlysideways is looking to add his name to that impressive list.
The Village Jasper – Misscilla gelding has been a consistent player during his rookie season but Whitaker expects a bold performance in what shapes as his final start of the season before a well-deserved spell.
“This is his Grand Final and we won’t leave anything in the locker this week, he’s trained on really well and the draw looks very good on paper so we’ll be looking for the lead again.
“If he produces an effort like he did two starts ago when he paced 1;56 and change he will prove very hard to beat, he can win this race but it won’t be easy. His main dangers appear to have drawn to our outside and we won’t give away that advantage.
“A Good Chance is drawn directly on our back and I won’t be surprised to see Donny Smith driving through behind us at the start, if he does, he’s likely to end up in front of a horse like Admiral Bronski. I think A Good Chance is the horse to beat because he’s been so consistent all season long, it should be a very good race.”
A Good Chance rated the quickest time of the two heats last week with a 1;57.7 clocking in comparison to Admiral Bronski who rated 1;59.0.
TattsBet have listed A Good Chance as the $2.40 favourite over Constantlysideways at $3.60.
by Chris Barsby