A QUIET Christmas before another road trip.
That’s what awaits star Queensland pacer Colt Thirty One.
Returning from a luckless New Zealand campaign earlier this week, Colt Thirty One proved he had taken no harm from the Trans Tasman ordeal by outclassing his rivals at Albion Park last night.
Driven by trainer Grant Dixon, the son of Mach Three worked overtime in the ‘death seat’ before scoring from Bad Billy and My Mastercraftsman.
Rating 1:54.7 over 2138 metres, Colt Thirty One stretched his record to 35 wins and 12 placings from 56 starts for a bankroll of $825,756 for owners Kevin and Kaye Seymour.
Naturally pleased with the performance, Dixon has set his sights on the Miracle Mile Carnival with the Australian Pacing Gold eligible five-year-old.
Australasia’s premier sprint, the $1million Ainsworth Miracle Mile is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 7.
“I couldn’t be happier with that run,” Dixon said. “He didn’t have the best of luck in New Zealand, but showed he has come through the trip just fine.
“He arrived home only a couple of days before the run and was still able to produce a top run.
“I will give him at least a week off now then get him ready for the Miracle Mile.
“Kevin is very keen to have him down there for that, so we won’t be going to the Melbourne Carnival first, just concentrate on having him right for Sydney.”
Colt Thirty One’s success was the middle leg of a training treble for Dixon, who prepared We Man Trouble to capture the Group One Darrell Alexander Memorial.
With Adam Sanderson holding the reins, We Man Trouble accounted for Gee Up Neddy and Reign On Me, which is a stablemate of the winner.
“We had the weight on numbers in that race, but I wasn’t sure we had the right horse,” Dixon said. “I felt Reign On Me was our best chance, but she got pipped at the end.
“That was We Man Trouble’s third start for us and I was having a bit of trouble with him, but Bernie Hackett from New Zealand suggested a change in his shoeing, which is what I did during the week and he went a lot better.”
Earlier in the evening Dixon registered a sentimental win as Virgil captured The Bill Dixon – named after his father.
While Dixon was pleased to secure the feature as a trainer, he was relegated to second position as his wife, Trista, drove the winner.
Dixon was runner-up with Governor Jujon, while Much Bettor filled the minor placing.
“It was terrific to win the race named after Dad,” Dixon said. “Would have been better if I won, but Trista has made sure she is in good with the in-laws now!”