Day At The Track

Bourke chasing Breeders Challenge Blue Final

05:01 PM 09 Jul 2014 NZST
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Raymond Terrace harness racing trainer Paul Bourke is hoping his two year old filly Always Amy can produce her best in Saturday night's Breeders Challenge Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The daughter of Always A Virgin qualified for the Gr. 1 Breeders Challenge final last month but finished last behind Bamako Mali.

"Always Amy has plenty of ability and I think you can just forget her run in the Breeders Challenge final because the leaders ran their last quarter in 26 and a half seconds and when you get back in the field and they go like that up front you are never going to get into the finish," Bourke said.

"Saturday night's Blue final doesn't have all the depth that the Breeders Challenge had but it still won't be an easy race to win."

Always Amy is out of a mare called Breakan Armbro, a daughter of Armbro Operative.

"Breakan Armbro has been a handy producer, she has Nuggets Ace and Bennys Ace and now Always Amy."

"Always Amy has won two races in her career so far, on both of those occasions I used her early speed to find the front and lead throughout but recently in the stronger races I have been driving her with a sit. I will have a closer look at the race later in the week and work out my tactics then."

The whole Breeders Challenge series is now allowing participants to race for good prize money and Bourke is pleased with the set-up.

"The time when horses can earn good money is when they are two and three and the way the Breeders Challenge is structured allows owners to get a good return on their investment."

"They have the Breeders Challenge, the Breeders Challenge Blue Finals and the Regional Finals as well so it gives everyone a chance to earn a dollar."

By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing NSW)

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