FOR prestige Saturday night’s Darrel Alexander Memorial and Queensland Cup head the Albion Park program.
The Darrel Alexander Memorial carries Group One status, while the Queensland Cup is a Group Two.
For sentiment, The Bill Dixon tops the card for premier horseman Grant Dixon.
Named after his champion father, the feature is a high priority for Dixon – but that’s not to say he doesn’t want to win the other races!
Dixon has four runners in his “old man’s” race, with Governor Jujon considered his best chance despite drawing the middle of the second row against older, more experienced, rivals.
A talented three-year-old, Governor Jujon made a successful return against a similar field a fortnight ago to take his record to six wins and a second from seven starts.
“We’ve got a few in there and it would be nice to win the old man’s race,” Dixon said. “Virgil is in with a strong chance from the pole, but Governor Jujon is the one I’m sticking with.
“He has come back feeling great and has improved since his first-up run a couple of weeks ago.”
Dixon’s Queensland Cup crew will be led by stable star Colt Thirty One, which returned from a luckless New Zealand Inter Dominion campaign last night.
“He’s had a freshen-up in New Zealand and has come home looking a treat,” Dixon said. “He’s drawn wide in six, but has the class to overcome it.
“Alleluia and Fame Assured will find it tough from the back line, but they’re not out of it either.”
Dixon will then have eight of the 14 runners in the Darrel Alexander Memorial.
Despite his numbers, Dixon isn’t oozing confidence.
“We’ve got plenty in but whether they have what it takes to win we will have to wait and see,” Dixon said. “Our Overanover won this race in 2014 and again in 2017, but will find it hard this year.
“He’s in strong form, but coming off 40 metres and having a large field to get around makes it pretty tough.”