A FORWARD showing at Albion Park tonight will earn quality pacer Colt Thirty One an interstate trip.
First-up since capturing The Blacks A Fake on July 20, Colt Thirty One is being readied for a tilt at next week’s Victoria Cup by trainer Grant Dixon.
The Blacks A Fake was the final leg of last season’s Grand Circuit, while the Cup is the opening event of this term’s round.
“He doesn’t have to win tonight, although it would be nice, just put in a good showing,” Dixon said. “If he races as well as I’d like, we will press on to the Victoria Cup.”
To be driven by Dixon, Colt Thirty One has drawn the outside of the front row against open class rivals.
Despite his draw the son of Mach Three is a $1.12 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
Mattgregor is the only runner under double figures at $4.20 from barrier four.
“He usually takes a few runs to be right where I want him, and we’re about a week behind, but I’m pleased with his condition,” Dixon said.
“He trialled well a couple of weeks ago and his heart rate has been spot on, so he is as good as he can get without race fitness.”
Should the five-year-old continue to progress as hoped Dixon will undergo a Trans Tasman trip with the Australian Pacing Gold eligible pacer to tackle the prestigious Inter Dominion.
Heats of the prestigious series are schedule to begin in Auckland on November 29, leading into the Final on December 14.
Harness Racing NZ released the first round rankings a few days ago, with Colt Thirty One the highest placed Australian at two.
“We’ll just get through tonight and possibly the Victoria Cup before worrying about further down the track,” Dixon said. “He’s taking a big step up this season and hopefully will be able to take it in his stride.”