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Even though Captain Joy is the winner of six Group One harness racing events, his New South Wales (Cobbitty) trainer Susan Hunter and her partner and 'head strapper' Mike Doltoff are realistic about their chances in the two Group One 4yo pacing events at Alexandra Park on April 30 and May 7.

Susan Hunter might be a New Zealander who has spent most of her time this side of the Tasman in New South Wales, but she will fly the Victorian harness racing flag in the $100,000 Group 1 New South Wales Oaks.

A couple of Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown hard-luck stories capitalised on this year's introduction of a harness racing four-year-old series to add their names to the honour roll of the southern hemisphere's premier juvenile series.

While her high profile stablemate Captain Joy may be attracting all the attention in the lead up to this Sunday's Breeders Crown meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton, the New South Wales trained four year old mare Kept For Pleasure will line up for her final start before heading off to the breeding barn.

The Harness Racing Victoria marketing team must have known something when it designed the promotional material for this year's Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown. It features a photo of champion three-year-old Captain Joy competing in his Alabar Victoria Derby heat, in which he carried sulky number two.

The title of Australia's premier male three-year-old will be decided in the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown Final after Captain Joy and Bonavista Bay stuck to the script tonight August 14th at Tabcorp Park. The star duo locked in the decider harness racing have been praying for with convincing, but contrasting, 2240-metre semi final wins at Melton's Tabcorp Park.

Oh so easy! Captain Joy won his 18th race from 22 starts - and 13th in a row - in tonight's (Friday) first Australasian Breeders Crown semi-final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Tabcorp Park in Melton. The $1.30 favourite took his career earnings to just over $690,000.

Susan Hunter is no stranger to the Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown. After all, the trainer from Cobbitty, 60km south west of Sydney, puts the polish on the defending champion and favourite for this year's three-year-old colts and geldings series, Captain Joy.

Captain Joy effortlessly passed the first test in his quest for back-to-back Tabcorp Australasian Breeders Crown titles when he strolled home in a heat at Menangle this afternoon. The Susan Hunter-trained superstar secured his place in the Breeders Crown semis at Melton's Tabcorp Park on August 14 when he cruised home by almost 10 metres in a 2:00.6 mile rate over 2300 metres.

The barrier draw did its bit to even up Sunday's $100,000 Group 1 Christian Cullen New South Wales Derby (2300m) at Menangle. Although conducted under random conditions, raging favourite Captain Joy was allocated the widest starting position for the 10-horse event in which all runners are off the front.

Australia's best three year old Captain Joy will compete at Menangle and attempt to win his third derby later this month ending speculation that connections were set to miss the New South Wales feature and head to Perth for the Sky Channel WA Derby.

The connections of star three-year-old pacer Captain Joy have opted to bypass the $125,000 Australian Derby to be staged in Tasmania on Easter Sunday.

"There was plenty in reserve," the quietly spoken and modest Gavin Lang said following Captain Joy's effortless 3.1 metre victory in the $100,000 Queensland 3yo Derby at Parklands Raceway on the Gold Coast tonight.

Captain Joy confirmed his status as Australia's premier three-year-old when he creamed a quality field to win the $150,000 Alabar Victoria Derby at Moonee Valley on Saturday night. The Susan Hunter-trained star secured the third Group 1 of his brief-but-glittering career when he continued the outstanding record of Breeders Crown champions in Australia's oldest pacing classic.

You'd need a crowbar to get him out of the cart of Captain Joy, but Gavin Lang doesn't subscribe to the belief that Saturday night's Alabar Victoria Derby is a one-horse race following yesterday's barrier draw. Most experts declared the $150,000 Group 1 over as a contest when last year's Breeders Crown champion Captain Joy was the only big name to draw the front row (barrier six).

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