Australian harness racing: Albion Park analysis

June 17th, 2020

Australian harness racing is back at BetAmerica on Wednesday, June 17 at 11 p.m ET, which is Thursday afternoon, June 18, at Albion Park in Queensland. 

Let's dive in a take a look at the eight-race card.

Race 1

A dozen trotters have the long route (2,138 meters) to open the program. In a similar field last time out, #10 Bourbonontherocks just missed winning with a sweeping brush down the grandstand path. She'll look to reverse the finish with #5 Myrtle Beach.

Race 2

Sophomore pacers still looking for a score will line up to sprint here. Our focus in this group is #5 Apache Whitesox.

Darren Weeks’ gelding returns to Albion after he disappointed backers at Redcliffe going a little longer. This race fits him better, as does Albion.

Sweet Lou-sired #3 Joey Lincoln has not had the most pleasant trips in four outings, but sticking with him is a good idea, as he'll catch up with the legacy of his bloodline. 

Race 3

The Dawson boys send the Mr Feelgood filly, #1 Mykindoffeeling, to her first battle. Considering the field, there is a strong chance the well-bred pacer is just where the Dawsons want her to do the trick.

Last time at Albion, #5 Chanceless Century was flushed wide and still gained. Chantal Turpin’s gelding, also by Mr Feelgood, could own this one. 

Race 4

Another extended destination awaits 10 pacers in this race. Most likely a well-fancied property, #1 Pago Pago may deserve it. Peter Greig’s gelding is one for three and just lost a vital duel at Redcliffe. He is in a great spot to make punters a few pennies.

In the second row, #8 Good As It Gets is getting better than good, and his access to the sprint lane late could do the favorite no good.

Race 5

The Darren Weeks-trained #6 Betterthanideal is a smart player, with some maneuvers that could be helpful, and in this shorter endeavor, the pacer looks best. 

A cleaner ride could be the antidote for #4 Torque Is My Girl, who has been getting off slowly and getting into trouble lately. 

Race 6

Shuttling from Redcliffe, #5 Columbian Gold is back at Albion. A few meters short in her last trip out of town, she was anxious to begin, lost precious ground, and raced better than she was backed.

Lola Weidemann puts #6 Hes Novak back in an Albion contest, after a reasonable loss to a public choice. He made up ground to finish well enough to be a contender here.

Race 7

Another Weidemann student, #8 Shazam Shannon, lines up first in the second row at her favorite venue. She rebounded off of a bad race and closed well at long odds last time out, so she is ready to take advantage of the instant cover.

Almost 50% in the money, Jack Butler’s #4 Brandness Eldefuego steps back to Albion to cash. The veteran gelding likes to take up company with the best later in the game and sometimes turning up best.

Race 8

Who could question #5 Slice Of Heaven? He likes to win, no matter the hazards. 

Apt to make it a chase, #3 Just Rokin will go well again for Peter Greig.

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