NEXT month’s Winter Carnival poses a problem for premier trainer Grant Dixon.
While the Four-Year-Old Championship would appear to be the logical target for Colt Thirty One, the entire also shapes as a candidate for The Blacks A Fake.
That’s where Dixon’s dilemma comes into play.
Unlike previous years, Racing Queensland has elected to run the two features on the same night – July 20.
Last season Let It Ride captured both majors for New South Wales-based trainer Tim Butt.
In fact, it was the ease of Let It Ride’s age-restricted win which prompted Butt to back-up the following week.
The Championship is worth $30,540, while The Blacks A Fake offers a purse of $200,540.
Colt Thirty One would be among the favourites against his own crop, whereas he will be stepping up against some of the nation’s best open class pacers in the Grand Circuit event.
“He is working towards the Winter Carnival, but which races he will go in I’m not sure of yet,” Dixon said. “The four-year-old race seems obvious, but The Blacks A Fake carries a much bigger purse.
“We’re hoping he can take that next step in the new season so this could also be a good test for him.”
Colt Thirty One continued his march towards another feature campaign with an eye-catching win at Albion Park last night.
With Dixon holding the reins the son of Mach Three settled towards the tail of the field from his second row draw as Gangster Boy led from barrier four.
Sustaining a strong three-wide run from the 900-metre mark, Colt Thirty One notched a three-and-a-half metre win from Lincoln Road, with Clintal Do three-and-a-half metres away third.
“That was another good run from him,” Dixon said. “He was three-wide for the better part of the last lap and still proved too strong.”
Rating 1:52.9 over 1660 metres, Colt Thirty One provided Dixon with the middle leg of a training treble.
Earlier on the card Dixon scored with Rocknroll Emma, which was driven by Trent Lehtaby, while Eleniark rounded out the treble with DIxon in the sulky later in the evening.