Moonee Valley paceway gets ready to bid farewell this Saturday night as they host their final harness racing meeting. It is sure to be a sensational night with an incredible 10 races scheduled to entertain the large crowd. Aside from the highly anticipated feature event, the $400 000 Group 1 BIG6 Hunter Cup, the next biggest pacing race on the card is the $200 000 Group 1 Alabar Victoria Derby Final (2575m).
In-form pacer For A Reason, trained and driven by Luke McCarthy, has drawn ideally with barrier two. The brilliant Art Major Colt has displayed first class style of late, winning his past four from five starts but placing second in the heats last week.
For A Reason is one of three top colts representing Queensland in the prestigious Victorian event on Saturday night after blitzing the heats, alongside Lanercost and Major Bronski.
The classy Queensland pacer Lanercost, who took out heat one at Maryborough in sensational style, had all the luck in the barrier draw for last week and has been allocated the second row barrier 9 for the final. The colt is aiming for their fourth successive victory and will be driven by trainer Darrel Graham, who has expressed how pleased the draw.
Barrier nine will allow Lanercost, a son of Courage Under Fire, to sit behind the likely pacesetter For A Reason and hopefully find a forward position early on.
Also drawing wide for the final is the ever consistent and impressive Stuart Hunter-trained Major Bronski with barrier 11. Another three-year-old from super sire Art Major, Major Bronski took out heat 2 last Friday night ahead of For A Reason, giving him his ninth consecutive victory.
The third heat winner to qualify for the final was Lincoln Royal who claimed an emphatic victory ahead of Chariot King by 7.5m.
Lincoln Royal has drawn barrier eight this Saturday and will have Maurice McKendry in the sulky while Chariot King has drawn far better in barrier three.
The Alabar Victoria Derby falls as the sixth race at the meeting and is due to jump at 8:32pm (VIC time).
2010 Alabar Victoria Derby Final Field & Barrier Draw:
|K E Manning||Kerryn Manning||3C1|
FOR A REASON
|L A McCarthy||Luke McCarthy||3C6|
|J F Tapp||Glenn McElhinney||3C4|
|S M Hunter||Gavin Lang||3C3|
WARTIME SWEETHEART (NZ)
|D Aiken||David Aiken||3C5|
COURAGE TO RULE (NZ)
|J P Green||Greg Bennett||3C2|
|A P Gath||Kate Gath||3C3|
LINCOLN ROYAL (NZ)
|R W Green||Maurice McKendry||3C7|
|D W Graham||Darrel Graham||3C6|
HEZA PANAMACH (NZ)
|G F Douglas||Daryl Douglas||3C3|
|S H Hunter||Chris Alford||3C7|
DREAM CATCH ME
|L Miles||Lisa Miles||3C1|
BELLS AND WHISTLES – Em.1
|C C Attard||John Caldow||3C3|