Day At The Track

Releven Dream scratched from Championship

06:34 PM 30 Sep 2015 NZDT
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Releven Dream
Record holder Releven Dream is out of the DJA Championship.
Photo by Dan Costello.

Veterinary treatment for a virus has ruled Releven Dream out of the Group 1 Statewide Group Darrell Alexander Memorial Trotting Championship which commences at Albion Park on Friday night.

Releven Dream was one of the more fancied candidates for the three-race Championship which commences with the first of two rounds of heats this week and culminates with the $50,000 Final at Albion Park on Saturday night 17 October.

Burpengary trainer Daren Garrard said that Releven Dream had a high temperature this morning and has begun treatment. His scratching takes him out of the Championship as trotters must contest both this week and next week’s heats to be eligible for the final.

“This was the race we had him set for and his last win was so good, he was going to be a big show in the series ,”Garrard said. “He will probably be right in a week but right now he is not so it’s a lost opportunity for us.”

Releven Dream burst into contention for the Darrell Alexander Memorial with blockbusting 32 metre and 21 metre victories at its most recent Albion Park starts. Releven Dream posted a new track record for 2647 metres from a standing start when he powered away to an easy win at Albion Park last week.

The Dream Vacation gelding’s scratching  will make the task of Queensland’s star trotter Our Overanova, chasing its first Group 1 victory, a little easier. The Grant Dixon trained Our Overanova has won its last four straight at Albion Park since resuming after a southern campaign which resulted in two wins at Melton.

With 25 victories from 46 starts Our Overanova has earned his back mark of 40 metres for the 2647 metre Championship heat.

Former New Zealander Saratoga has been racing well in Victoria in recent months and will make its Queensland debut for trainer/driver Adam Sanderson in this heat. Saratoga will start from the front mark.  New South Wales trainer Alex Alchin has another former New Zealander Cyclone Lucky Seven to go from the front mark.

Alchin has engaged local star Shane Graham to drive the Majestic Son five-year-old which has posted victories at Bendigo (Vic)  and Menangle (NSW) in recent months. Blake Fitzpatrick has also made the trip from New South Wales with 5yo Majestic Son mare My Valerie, a former 2 & 3yo star which posted two victories at Menangle in August. My Valerie will start off a 10 metre handicap.

In the second heat of the Darrell Alexander Championship, trainer Vicki Rasmussen and driver Adam Sanderson team up with back marker and likely race favourite, Goldstar Invasion. The Armbro Invasion 10yo has been handicapped on 30 metres for the Championship. A winner at Albion Park in September, Goldstar Invasion has been beaten by Our Overanova at its past two starts.

In this race Goldstar Invasion will have to contend with Overanova’s stablemate Sharons Millicent. The grey mare has posted an impressive record since joining Dixon’s stable. The Monkey Bones mare has won 13 races and beat Goldstar Invasion home when runner up to Our Overanova at Albion Park two starts back. Sharons Millicent is handicapped on 10 metres.

by David Aldred

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