Battle of the Claimers Pacing Preview

Battle of the Claimers Pacing Preview

With the new racing season comes the new claiming season at Melton’s Tabcorp Park. It’s a chance for perspective buyers to get a look at new horses on the market in their finest form. This Friday, September 3 will see horses with a claiming price anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000, get the chance to compete in three qualifying heats. Each heat carries a purse worth $8,000, but the real prize will be a spot in the $20,000 final to be held one week later.

This year’s field of on the market horses has drawn quite a few handy types. The favourite of Heat 1 looks to be Anvils Revival in barrier five. The AA Barber-trained gelding has really hit his stride in the past couple of months. With 37 starts under his belt, he’s racked up eight first place finishes, seven second place, and three third.

2010 Battle of the Claimers Field and Barrier Draw: Heat 1 @ 6:43pm:

No. Form Horse Trainer Driver Class Hcp
1 809s8 Mister Chequebook NZ (Em1, $3,000) ML Hutton Marcia Hutton C6 M1 FR-
2 21455 Just Stay N Alive NZ ($4,000) A Xirihia Tony Xirihia C14 M4 FR1
3 77742 Our Sand Fly NZ ($4,000) GF Douglas Daryl Douglas C10 M0 FR2
4 69682 Farouk ($5,000) DA Riseley David Barbetti C17 M1 FR3
5 01112 Anvils Revival NZ ($5,000) AA Barber Brian Gath C26 M5 FR4
6 s4375 Indi Gloves ($11,000) MJ Miles Lisa Miles C7 M0 FR5
7 37458 Lombo Limmo ($12,000) TE Pullicino C9 M1 FR6
Second Row
8 92118 Ticket Time ($7,000) JM Mifsud Phillip Walters C15 M0 SR1
9 69768 Hot Night In Paris NZ ($9,000) JD Justice John Justice C5 M1 SR2
10 80274 Spider Nelson ($12,000) MG Gath Matthew Gath C6 M1 SR3
11 25466 Jefferson NZ ($12,000) MA Laugher Greg Sugars C18 M5 SR4
12 55740 Palomine NZ ($12,000) BA Lilley Gavin Lang C14 M5 SR5
13 42341 Vintage Direct ($12,000) JA Cavallaro Tanya Dyer C14 M0 SR6

Heat 2 – the Big6 Battle of the Claimers – is jam packed with some fantastic contenders, featuring no less than six horses that have gained top three finishes in recent races. Flying Class (barrier five), Way Up High (barrier six), Miami Rocket (barrier 7), Marching Home (barrier eight), Awesome Alto (barrier nine), Upward Ever Upward (barrier 13) have all been performing well as of late. Miami Rocket has accumulated four wins over the course of last season. The GF Douglas-trained gelding has also taken nine seconds and ten thirds. Upward Ever Upward is next in line with the most wins with three first place finishes in 19 starts.

Big6 Battle of the Claimers Field and Barrier Draw: Heat 2 @ 7:42pm:

No. Form Horse Trainer Driver Class Hcp
1 809s8 Mister Chequebook NZ (Em1, $3,000) ML Hutton Marcia Hutton C6 M1 FR –
2 69634 Class Mate ($3,000) MJ Watt Jaimie-Lee King (C) C22 M2 FR1
3 38796 Hitemup ($4,000) DP Barbetti David Barbetti C9 M0 FR2
4 75697 The Timely Trader NZ ($8,000) A Spiteri Neil McCallum C10 M1 FR3
5 30343 Flying Class NZ ($8,000) J Borg Damian Wilson C6 M1 FR4
6 73263 Way Up High ($9,000) TE Pullicino Brian Gath C10 M1 FR5
7 32122 Miami Rocket NZ ($11,000) GF Douglas Daryl Douglas C5 M1 FR6
Second Row
8 10331 Marching Home NZ ($11,000) RW Jack Nathan Jack C6 M0 SR1
9 53234 Awesome Alto ($9,000) ABJ Dunsmuir John Caldow C3 M0 SR2
10 70774 Mister Douglas ($12,000) JD Taylor Daryl Douglas C14 M1 SR3
11 s7806 The Last Dance ($12,000) GD Hoban Craig Hoban C7 M1 SR4
12 63653 Just Make Our Deigh NZ ($12,000) TE Pullicino Gavin Lang C7 M1 SR5
13 3f342 Upward Ever Upward ($12,000) BK Woodhouse Scott Dyer C12 M1 SR6

Heat 3 will be the final race on the card. With five horses to watch out for, it should be a fitting end to the qualifying rounds. Jay Bee Aitch finished last season off strong with a first place finish in the B Eeles Sulkies race held at Maryborough, and offers one of the best winning mile rates of the field. Fans and perspective owners should also watch out for Cam Rouge (barrier five). The bay gelding has taken two first place finishes in recent weeks. Other Heat 3 horses to watch include Dhoni, Village In Vessa, and Brulea Charlie.

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Shire of Melton Battle of the Claimers Field and Barrier Draw: Heat 3 @ 10:14pm:

No. Form Horse Trainer Driver Class Hcp
1 809s8 Mister Chequebook NZ (Em1, $3,000) ML Hutton Marcia Hutton C6 M1 FR –
2 s0985 The Urban Legend NZ ($5,000) A Ziriha Tony Xiriha C7 M1 FR1
3 30331 Jay Bee Aitch ($6,000) JM Mifsud Rita Burnett C11 M2 FR2
4 6s088 Altivo ($7,000) L Miles Lisa Miles C7 M0 FR3
5 55871 Cam Rouge ($9,000) JE Davies Nathan Jack C9 M0 FR4
6 49870 Dark Duncan NZ ($11,000) GF Douglas Daryl Douglas C10 M1 FR5
7 s6800 Run Riley Run ($12,000) CG Lewis Caleb Lewis C8 M1 FR6
Second Row
8 64245 Blachford ($9,000) TA Croton Michael Bellman C10 M1 SR1
9 14937 Dhoni ($10,000) PW Tonkin C6 M0 SR2
10 36960 Village In Vesa ($12,000) MG Gath Matthew Gath C8 M2 SR3
11 22117 Brulea Charlie ($12,000) DF Braun Greg Sugars C7 M0 SR4
12 23800 Black Washout NZ ($12,000) TE Pullicino John Caldow C12 M1 SR5
13 26007 Twickenham ($12,000) R Cartwright Craig Turnbull C14 M3 SR6