As the cold starts to set in here in QLD, the action is just getting warmed up at Albion Park. Tonight sees the running of the annual Winter Chase which is generally a great lead up to the Albion Park Gold Cup.
All the focus will be on the two up and comers. Starliner who has just come of his first Group win in the Big Dog Cup and the Young Gun Mrs Thursday.
Starliner failed last start at his debut over the 710 but was only just beaten and it took a very good seasoned stayer to bring him undone. His overall time was still fantastic. There’s no doubt at all he’s going to be greatly improved by last weeks run and a bold showing should again be on the cards tonight. He should spear straight to the front again, and I reckon he’s got enough in him this week, to hold on.
Heat 2 is certainly a very interesting affair with the highly talented but young gun Mrs Thursday. The seasoned Bizarre Barbie, Keperra Bandit and iron dog Master Brutus.
Mrs Thursday has been shaping as a potential staying superstar who has really put it together in her last two starts. Running fantastic times and running home in blinding fashion, but I suggest we all take notice and beware. Her half sister Piping Hot from the previous litter also started her career off similarly, but after a few starts over the 710m she slowly got further and further back in her races until she was just to far back to win. Her career was promising but short lived. There’s no doubt she can win this, but it’s going to take a super effort to knock off some seasoned campaigners.
Bizarre Barbie has a motor but really only produced it when in training with Victorian mentor Kel Greenough. At her best she can win this but she’s far from that.
Master Brutus has plenty of class and ability. He has posted fast time over this distance and at one stage was near unbeatable.
He’s not in that form now but he can’t be overlooked in this.
These runners are clearly the standouts in the heats and I doubt weather any other runners can upset the apple kart.
Heat 1 kicks of at Albion Park at 7.41pm and heat 2 the first leg of the Quaddie at 8.05pm.