CRIME may not pay, but purchasing a yearling from Australian Pacing Gold certainly helps the bank balance!
That fact will be to the fore again today as six APG buys contest the Riverina Regional Championship.
The half dozen in the $100,000 feature includes handy pacer Crime Dont Pay, which earned his berth in the Final via a stylish heat victory a fortnight ago.
Racing in solid form, the Michael Hawke-trained gelding boasts two wins and two thirds from his last five starts.
“I couldn’t be happier with him going into this,” Hawke said. “He never runs a bad race and I don’t expect that to change today.”
To be driven by Melissa Hawke, Crime Dont Pay faces a tough task from the second row, while his stablemate, Im In Trouble, has a “better chance” from barrier five according to the veteran horseman.
Moving into gate three as a result of scratchings, Im In Trouble is expected to search for the lead.
“From the draw Im In Trouble, is a better chance, but if the speed is on Crime Dont Pay will be coming home hard,” Hawke said.
“The faster they go the better he goes and I would imagine the speed should be genuine.
“A couple of the good chances are also drawn on the back row and they’ve got to get going at some point, which should keep the tempo up.
“It’s not going to be easy, but when you’ve got a ticket in the raffle, you’ve got a chance!”