As all harness racing fans are well aware, September means claiming season. While there are claimers events going off all over Australia, Albion Park will be one of the tracks hosting races that give the veteran pacers a chance to strut their stuff. This Saturday, September 4 will see an opportunity for claimers to check out some successful experienced on the market horses. The Southern Queensland Plumbing PTY LTS Claiming Pace will see horses with a claiming price of $10,000 not to exceed $20,000 take to the track.
It will be race number six on the card, starting at 8:07pm. There are quite a few impressive veteran pacers that have plenty left to give. Among them are the famed Korlim Garry, Jetsons Blue Jean, Itsokaytobefake, and Gracious Legend.
Though these experienced horses know how to win races, they will face plenty of tough competition in this claimers pace. Two horses in particular have emerged as frontrunners. The first of which is the 12-year-old Nickys Falcon. While the Todd McCarthy-driven gelding may be one of the older horses, he still racked up over $75,000 in winnings last season in Australia. That included ten first place finishes and 13 placings in 40 starts. Nickys Falcon will be starting the race in fair position in barrier number six. Arapal is another tough competitor and is in prime position to take top place in this race as the 11-year-old colt is sitting pretty in gate number two. Add to that the fact that he finished the season with an impressive 11 wins, 11 placings, and over $70,000 in winnings.
Winners of this claiming pace will share in the $7,500 prize pool. Here’s a look at the rest of the field and barrier draw:
Field & Barrier Draw:
|1||65080||Connor Patrick NZ ($10,000)||AE Johnson||Darrel Graham||C17 M2||FR1|
|2||12514||Arapal ($10,000)||WF Dixon||Grant Dixon||C22 M5||FR2|
|3||64514||Jetsons Blue Jean NZ ($10,000)||WT Graham||Wayne Graham||C9 M1||FR3|
|4||84455||Conquistare NZ ($10,000)||PJ Croghan||SCRATCHED||C7 M1||SCR|
|5||14281||Korlim Garry ($10,000)||JP McCarthy||John McCarthy||C23 M3||FR4|
|6||31132||Nickys Falcon NZ ($20,000)||JP McCarthy||Todd McCarthy (C)||C39 M15||FR5|
|7||89773||Gracious Legend NZ ($20,000)||WT Graham||Kelli Dawson (C)||C11 M3||FR6|
|8||14056||Tiamour NZ ($10,000)||MP Neilson||Mathew Neilson||C12 M2||SR1|
|9||89563||Paladin Dream ($10,000)||LM Graham||Brad Cowen (C)||C10 M3||SR2|
|10||49122||Itsokaytobefake ($20,000)||JP McCarthy||Ricky Thurlow||C16 M4||SR3|