Alabar Victoria Derby Final Preview

Alabar Victoria Derby Final Preview

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:

Br.

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

1 121s4
REMEMBER EL
K E Manning Kerryn Manning 3C1
2 11112
FOR A REASON
L A McCarthy Luke McCarthy 3C6
3 s2112
CHARIOT KING
J F Tapp Glenn McElhinney 3C4
4 s1113
MASTER JOY
S M Hunter Gavin Lang 3C3
5 61124
WARTIME SWEETHEART (NZ)
D Aiken David Aiken 3C5
6 33214
COURAGE TO RULE (NZ)
J P Green Greg Bennett 3C2
7 27s13
RENAISSANCE MAN
A P Gath Kate Gath 3C3
Second Row:
8 28311
LINCOLN ROYAL (NZ)
R W Green Maurice McKendry 3C7
9 2s111
LANERCOST (NZ)
D W Graham Darrel Graham 3C6
10 1112
HEZA PANAMACH (NZ)
G F Douglas Daryl Douglas 3C3
11 11111
MAJOR BRONSKI
S H Hunter Chris Alford 3C7
12 15443
DREAM CATCH ME
L Miles Lisa Miles 3C1
13 6s345
BELLS AND WHISTLES – Em.1
C C Attard John Caldow 3C3