Cortopassi will strong hand on eight-race program

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Trainer-driver Aldo Cortopassi heads to Harold Reid Paceway tomorrow night with a strong team of runners on the eight-race program, highlighted by the $8500 Trevors Carpets Discretionary Handicap (2242m).

Cortopassi has engaged A Bit Ruthless in the feature race, who he will drive in the standing start event off 50m.

A Bit Ruthless has not won since December 1 in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, but has three recent runner-up placings at Gloucester Park, including his most recent start on February 13, when he was beaten a half neck on the line by Atlastalone.

Cortopassi will also saddle up Whitbys Gamble, Brotha Ofa Gangster and Talon Again on the night, and drive four other pacers on the card.

The Trevors Carpets Discretionary Handicap has attracted a terrific field, with last-start winners Beach Landing, Sammys Ideal and Scoobys Delight all entered.

Beach Landing is prepared by top metropolitan trainer Ross Olivieri, has won his past two starts at Wagin and Williams, and will be driven by Giles Inwood from the front of the standing start.

The Michael Callegari-trained Sammys Ideal was an impressive Bunbury winner last start in a mobile event and switches back to the stand with Shane Butterworth in the sulky off 10m.

Albany-based trainer Matthew Saw has two runners in the event, with Scoobys Delight to be driven by Trent Wheeler, while youngster Madeleine Young is behind consistent Estocada.

Saw is a clear leader of the Albany Harness Racing Club Trainers’ Premiership heading into the final three meetings of the 2017-18 season.

The first event tomorrow starts at 6.48pm and finishes at 10.15pm, with the last six races broadcast on Sky Racing 1.

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