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    Maiden voyage across Bass Strait Maiden voyage across Bass Strait

    RICKIE ALCHIN

    NEW South Wales trainer Rickie Alchin has runners engaged in several states this weekend, including his first starter in Tasmania tomorrow night. Alchin will... Maiden voyage across Bass Strait

    NEW South Wales trainer Rickie Alchin has runners engaged in several states this weekend, including his first starter in Tasmania tomorrow night.

    Alchin will make his Tassie debut when Joe The Bookie contests a Tasfreight Raider Stakes prelude in Hobart.

    The former Rohan Hadley-trained pacer had five starts on the Apple Isle, including an impressive 18.4-metre win on debut, before winining four races on the mainland to the joy of his Western Australian-based connections.

    “Peter Hayes has been a bloody good client of mine for three or four years, and when I had One Big Shew down in Melbourne for the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown last year, and he rang and said he was going to send him over to try and pick up his Vicbred bonus,” Alchin said.

    “His record was near perfect, and then we threw him in the deep end in the TAB Regional Championship series, and I thought he raced really well through it as he went from aged racing to racing seasoned hoses.”

    The son of Roll With Joe finished six metres from the winner, Gordans Bay, in the Metropolitan Final of that series, with Gordans Bay going on to win the State Final the following week.

    “We always intended on sending him down there for the Raider Stakes, so we freshened him up and gave him an easy couple of weeks,” Alchin said. “He had a good hit out here before we left and I was happy with him.”

    The prelude has been made easier by the scratchings of Mucho Mover and Mickey Oh, which has a minor setback.

    The $80,000 Beautide on August 5, the race to secure Tasracings slot in the $2.1million Eureka, is also on the cards for Joe The Bookie.

    “All being well, and if he runs well in this series, he will stick around for that race,” Alchin said. “It’s not every day you get the opportunity to race for that sort of money under those conditions.”

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