Monday harness racing at the Goulburn Paceway has drawn together a 6 race card.
As the last race meeting of the current financial year, the small program is full of interest and includes the clash of promising three year old pacers Alanza and Muscle Bart in race 6, the TAB Long May We Play Pace at 3.52pm.
The two recently competed in the Bathurst Gold Crown carnival with both qualifying for their respective $100,000 3yo Group 1 finals.
Alanza who is trained by James McPherson finished 8th in the fillies Bracelet Final behind Soho Rhapsody, while Muscle Bart was 5th in the colts & geldings Chalice Final behind Ripp.
In Monday’s event, Alanza will start from gate 3 following the scratching of Argent Peak who had drawn gate 1, while Muscle Bart will come out of gate 4.
As the winner of 5 from 18 starts, Muscle Bart looks to have the more superior race form and progressed to his final by finishing a close second to Ripp in a solid 1:54.5 mile rate.
Alanza made her way to the 3yo fillies final by finishing second to star filly Madrid in a 1:55.1 mile rate. Muscle Bart has drawn outside of Alanza in Monday’s race and while that will make his task that little bit harder, he is racing strongly and appeals as the best chance.
Local trainers look well placed to win their share of races, with the strongest hopes resting with the Brad Hewitt trained pair of Majestic Trio in race 1, the Sun Solutions Goulburn Trotters Mobile at 1.23pm, and Our Lady Lara in the final race, the Goulburn Soldiers Club Pace at 4.33pm.
Lost River trainer Scott Hewitt will start Marvella in race 4, the Justin Albury Communications Pace at 3.17pm.
A last start 3rd as favourite, Marvella has drawn gate 2 and will strip much fitter for Monday’s race. Hardest to beat is last week’s Goulburn winner Excelente who will come out of gate 6.
For all the latest information, the late mail, and race finishes, keep check of the Goulburn Paceway Facebook page throughout Monday.
Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the kind support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Hollingworth Crane Hire Service, Sun Solutions Goulburn, Benstud Standardbreds Crookwell, RSM Accountants, ASPIRE Traffic Offenders Course, and a host of smaller businesses including Top Water Carters Crookwell, First National Real Estate Goulburn, Goulburn Livestock Transport, Nutrien AG Solutions, J A Communications, Crust Gourmet Pizza, and Glen Mia ACT Saddlery.
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Race 1: SUN SOLUTIONS GOULBURN TROTTERS MOBILE:
TIPS: 3 Majestic Trio, 7 Sally Em, 5 Aorangi, 8 Thebestbourbon
Race 2: HOLLINGWORTH CRANE HIRE SERVICES PACE:
TIPS: 7 Montalbano, 6 Captain Ritchie, 1 Charmindi, 8 Elegantdancer
Race 3: BENSTUD STANDARDBREDS NSW PACE:
TIPS: 6 Hawke Eye, 9 Street Writer, 5 Notmuchuptop, 2 Pete Mitchell
Race 4: JUSTIN ALBURY COMMUNICATIONS PACE:
TIPS: 2 Marvella, 6 Excelente, 9Arena Queen, 7 See Me No More
Race 5: TAB LONG MAY WE PLAY PACE:
TIPS: 5 Muscle Bart, 4 Alanza, 2 Arma Miss, 7 Endless
Race 6: GOULBURN SOLIDERS CLUB PACE:
TIPS: 3 Our Lady Lara, Illawong Astro, 2 Dashing Cheddar, 1 Modern Attitude