ANOTHER Group One card and another assembly of classy Australian Pacing Gold graduates – it seems that elementary!
In what has become ‘the norm’ during the past three decades, APG stock will once again be in abundance during the weekend’s major meeting.
This time it’s the Sunshine State which will take centre stage, with Albion Park hosting five top shelf pacing events.
The quintet of Group Ones will see 17 APG purchases – from two-year-olds to Grand Circuit performers – battle for the lion’s share of the stakes.
One of five in the Queensland Derby, Bondi Lockdown has fared best by drawing the pole for Victorian horseman Aaron Dunn.
“I’m pretty stoked with the draw,” Dunn said. “He gets his chance from there.
“His work has been great all week and he’s right where I want him.
“Nothing went his way last start so you can put a line through that when looking at his form.
“I’m tipping they will be zipping along on Saturday night which should bring him right into it.”
Trained locally by premier horseman Grant Dixon, Class To The Max has also drawn to make his presence felt from barrier one in the Qbred Triad Final for two-year-old colts and geldings.
“He’s only had four starts and is still learning, but has his share of ability,” Dixon said. “The draw helps his cause and he will go close with the right run.”
APG Group One runners at Albion Park:
Queensland Derby – Bondi Lockdown, Lamandier, Bar Room Banta, Chamonix and Captain Crusader
Queensland Oaks – Momentslikethese, Jasper and Mullum Flo
Black A Fake – Turn It Up and, Expensive Ego
Qbred Triad Final – Class To The Max, My Ultimate Levi, Speak The Truth and I Am Sparta
Qbred Triad Fillies’ Final – Cat King Cole, Harley Blue and Meribel