Day At The Track

SEW-Eurodrive Christmas Cup at Albion Park

06:37 AM 13 Dec 2011 NZDT
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Christmas Cup Night 2010
Christmas Cup Night 2010

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club will conduct an eight event program this Saturday night featuring the 2011 SEW-Eurodrive Christmas Cup and the Reindeer Rampage M1 Series Final.

Racing will get underway at 5.10pm, with the first race the Havenstone Pavers Pace which is an M1 to M2 event over the 2138 metre trip.

The feature event of the night, the 2011 SEW-Eurodrive Christmas Cup is the fourth race at 6.37pm.

The $20,000 2680 metre feature has attracted a strong line up of Queensland's star pacers.

Runner by Runner.

1. I AM SAM. (Perfect Art) (Grant Dixon). Placed third in an Interdominion heat at Menangle last year. Got along way back in the Lord Mayor's Cup last week.

2. JACCKA LIMON (1ST EM). (Union Guy) (Hayden Green). Has a good turn of speed when right, previous 1.56.2 winner.

3. RIVERBOAT STAR. (Riverboat King) (John C McMullen). Not long since resuming from a spell. Should be well underway to returning to some old form. Previous 1.54.8 winner.

4. LANERCOST. (Courage Under Fire) (Darrel Graham). Has an electrifying turn of foot. Previous 1.52.5 winner which was in the Chariots Of Fire at Menangle. Has the best record.

5. ARTIFACTOR. (Artiscape) (John McCarthy). Got home from well back in the Lord Mayor's Cup last week when second behind Destreos.

6. OUR ARCHANGEL. (Our Sir Vancelot) (Debbie Rodney). Winner two ago on this track over 2138 metres in a mile rate of 1.57.7.

7. INTHELIGHTOFDAY. (Life Sign) (John McCarthy). Sat in the death seat throughout to score last Saturday night.

8. DESTREOS. (Astreos) (Cristina Monte). Fantastic performance to win the Lord Mayor's Cup last Saturday night. In career best form.

9. ATOMIC ARK. (Albert Albert) (Grant Dixon). Interdominion heat winner at Harold Park last year. Wasn't far away when fourth in the Lord Mayor's Cup last week.

10. BE DILIGENT. (D M Dilinger) (Catriona Martin). Has won some handy races in his day including the Four and Five Year Old Championship (Albion Park), Patrons Purse (Redcliffe) and Lord Mayor's Cup (Albion Park).

11. L E OPERATIVE. (Armbro Operative) (Cristina Monte). Struck a purple patch of form three starts ago when strung together two victories.

12. FUNNY BOY. (Artiscape) (Cristina Monte). Hasn't had a lot of luck recently when placing behind the in form Destreos, although reversed the outcome when he defeated Destreos two starts ago.

The co-feature of the night is the final of the Reindeer Rampage Series, of which heats were conducted on last Saturday night's program, which will be race six at 7.40pm.

Both heat winners from last week have drawn on the front line, Horace Foxley (Live Or Die) has drawn in barrier three and Torque In Motion (P B Bullville) has drawn in barrier five.

Horace Foxley, trained on the Albion Park surface by astute mentor Peter Greig, has been in terrific form in recent weeks, by being victorious in four out of his past five starts.

The third placing he recorded at the Gold Coast three starts ago was eye catching as well, coming from off the speed through sectionals of 27.2, 30.1, 29.1 and 27.8 which resulted in a mile rating of 1.54.2. Horace Foxley was beaten only 3.4 metres on that occasion.

Torque In Motion was first up last Saturday night, when victorious for trainer Vicki Rasmussen. Her last start before her spell she placed fourth in the Four and Five Year Old Championship at Albion Park in July this year.

The Talented five year old mare has amassed almost $180,000 in her 26 starts to date which includes 16 victories.

The final race of the night is the Lunchbox Lodge Spelling Farm Mares Pace at 8.42pm.

Nathan HAND

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