Day At The Track

Team Dixon dominate AP Features

05:09 PM 05 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Red Charmer
Red Charmer takes out the Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios Classic.
Dan Costello Photo

Team Dixon dominated the feature card of harness racing at Albion Park tonight (Saturday).

The powerhouse stable took both feature events, the $20,000 Wayne Wilson Memorial Paleface Adios Classic and the $20,000 Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final.

Red Charmer ($16.90) stormed down the outside to claim victory in the juvenile event defeating Well Disguised ($18.30) and Datsgood ($1.60 fav) in a time of 1:57.4.

The Mr Feelgood – Rhapsody In Red filly is raced by her breeders, Kevin and Kay Seymour.

It was start number two tonight for Red Charmer and her maiden success.

It was proved a great result for Mr Feelgood, siring the winner and the third placegetter which is a timely boost with the Queensland yearling sales starting next week.

The stable was heavily fancied to win the event with Colt Thirty One but he was a late scratching earlier in the day.

Former New Zealand trotter Foursharesmorebeers ($4.40) scored a thrilling victory in the Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final defeating Scorched ($2.70) by a nose margin while Illdoitwhenimready ($5.90) finished a further 8m away in third.

The time was 3:27.2 which gave Foursharesmorebeers a mile rate of 2:05.5 for the 2647m stand-start feature.

Foursharesmorebeers is raced by Greg Mitchell.

First staged in 2011, it is the first time the Dixon stable has won the Jim McNeil Memorial Trotting Championship Final.

Team Dixon won 5 of the 10 races staged tonight including both features while Monarkmac, The Black Assassin and Joys A Babe also proved triumphant.

Trista Dixon took driving honours with a treble after partnering Monarkmac, Joys A Babe and Red Charmer.

And given her excellent form in recent weeks, Trista now moves into outright second in the metropolitan driver’s premiership trailing Grant by 6 wins.

Grant has driven 32 metro winners while Trista sits second with 26 winners.

Team Dixon leads the National Trainers Premiership also and hold a healthy lead over Perth based husband and wife team of Greg and Skye Bond while Bathurst horseman Steve Turnbull sits third.

Racing Queensland

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