Australasian Breeders Crown Pacing Heats

Australasian Breeders Crown Pacing Heats

This Sunday, August 15 will see Tabcorp Park light up as plenty of harness racing fans witness the Australasian Breeders Crown Heats.  While this weeklong Breeders Crown event will see the best in the harness racing world competing for a chance to appear in the $100,000 final event, many are looking forward to the four-year-old mares as two of the most talented pacers – Make Mine Cullen and Broadways Best – prepare to take to the track in their respective heats.

Broadways Best will kick things off in Heat 1 set to start at 1:16pm.  The SR McLean-trained filly has been touted as one of the best in Australian pacing, and rightly so.  In her nine starts in Australia this season, she’s taken seven first place finishes and one second place.  She’s collected over $120,000 in prize money, and is a favourite to win the Breeders Crown title.

Broadways Best has come up with a decent barrier draw, as she will be starting in fair position in number five.  Though, it could be a hard fought win for the filly as the field includes a couple of decent threats.  This includes Queen of Fire in the pole position and Elixir in barrier number six.  SM Hunter-trained Brushgrovemachbest is another contender, though with a second row, barrier nine position, a move to the front will be difficult. You can back the Chris Alford-driven Broadways Best at bookmaker.com.au as they are offering all of the best harness racing odds.  Here’s a look at the entire Heat 1 field and barrier draw:

Australasian Breeders Crown Heats: 4YO Mares Heat 1 @1:16pm

No.

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

Hcp

1 81122
Queen of Fire
PG Manning Kerryn Manning C5 M0 FR1
2 55725
Flyin Indi Air
MJ Miles C1 M0 FR2
3 4s816
Delwyns Daughter
CW Holloway Brett Followay C2 M0 FR3
4 1s242
Justa Jem Lombo
PG Manning Glen Graven (C) C2 M0 FR4
5 11s11
Broadways Best
SR McLean Chris Alford C12 M3 FR5
6 21163
Elixir
BK Aylett Nathan Jack C7 M1 FR6
7 51077
Ayu Gypsy
L Miles Lisa Miles C4 M0 FR7
Second Row
8 35881
Ay Tee Em
PT Salathiel Peter Salathiel C4 M0 SR1
9 44107
Brushgrovemachbest
SM Hunter Gavin Lang C6 M0 SR2

To further add to the appeal of this Breeders Crown pacing event is the possibility of a showdown between Broadways Best and Make Mine Cullen.  The latter Daryl Douglas-trained filly is another favourite for the Breeders Crown Final.  Plenty of punters are backing Make Mine Cullen at bookmaker.com.au as it is predicted that she is the only other real contender for the title.  And it’s no wonder as she has an impressive winning record.  Her most recent appearance in the Chariots of Fire on July 30 turned up a disappointing fifth place finish, but her three consecutive first place finishes preceding that proves that she is not to be taken lightly.  In fact, in 17 starts in Australia this season, Make Mine Cullen has taken 11 wins.

Though, before she can compete for the Breeders Crown title, she has to make it though her first heat.  She will be appearing in Heat 2 – the fourth race on the card set for 3:19pm this Sunday.  Like Broadways Best, she’ll be facing a talented field that includes Cullens Angel in the very advantageous barrier two.  The field also includes the talented Anzaz directly next to Make Mine Cullen in barrier seven.  The rest of the field shaped up a little something like this:

Australasian Breeders Crown Heats: 4 YO Mares Heat 2 @ 3:19pm

No.

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

Hcp

1 33414
Miss Athens
WK Bird Greg Sugars C2 M0 FR1
2 13211
Cullens Angel
PG Ford Nathan Ford (C) C10 M2 FR2
3 0281s
Witchwaywendy
GJ Bailey Rodney Petroff C2 M0 FR3
4 S0303
Millwood Nebraska NZ
LJ Justice Lance Justice C4 M1 FR4
5 58893
Dreams of Heaven
LJ Eastman Neil McCallum C6 M0 FR5
6 21115
Make Mine Cullen
GF Douglas Daryl Douglas C13 M6 FR6
7 93732
Ananz
PG Manning Kerryn Manning C17 M2 FR7
Second Row
8 s37s1
Keppel Bay
AP Gath Kate Gath C2 M0 SR1
9 6s386
Primanproper Lombo
PG Manning Glen Craven (C) C0 M0 SR2
10 61073
Three Card Brag
DA Murphy David Murphy C3 M0 SR3

These contenders are lining up for a shot at the $8,000 purse at Tabcorp Park on Sunday, August 15.  Though, the real prize will be a place in the $100,000 Breeders Crown Final to be held on Sunday, August 22.  The first six pacers to cross the finish line in their respective heats will advance.  Don’t forget that Tabcorp Park will also host plenty of other Breeders Crown events, including some very interesting trots.