Draper inches ahead in trainer standings

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Albany trainer Charlie Draper has shot to the top of the Albany Harness Racing Club’s trainer standings after Jasper Casper and Crimson Floyd both scored victories at Harold Reid Paceway last Saturday night.

The third meeting held at ARHC this season attracted strong fields in the nine races and Draper continued his strong start with a double to take his tally to 19 points in the Trainers’ Premiership.

Draper sits one point ahead of Matthew Saw, who also had a double on Saturday’s program, with Beaus Mystery and Chevrons Champion saluting, while Albany-based trainer Peter Fairless is third with 17 points.

Jasper Casper began a $3.70 favourite in the Wilson Brewing Pace (2258m) to start the night fixture, and was driven patiently by Jack Just-ins from the second row to sprint home to win by 9.4m.

Crimson Floyd also began from the back line in the Rough Seas Pace (2258m) for reinsman Tim Stone and came with a strong run on the final lap to edge out Im Zuleika by a head, with favourite Wabi Sabi back in third place.

Trainer-driver Nathan Turvey enjoyed success as well, driving Chevrons Champion to victory in race five for Saw while also training two winners himself.

Heavily backed $1.40 favourite Simba Bromac downed Lord Willoughby by 1.8m in the Figurehead Pace (2258m), with Turvey also in the sulky, before he later tastedsuccess with $1.90 chance Carter Michael.

Impressive mare Ladys Are Ideal won aqualifying heat in the mares series for trainer-driver Clinton Hall, with the final to be held later this season.

The five-year-old started a short-price favourite and proved too strong for Four Legged Frenzy at the line to win her sixth career race.

Reinsman Shannon Suvaljko holds a 10-point lead over Corey Peterson and Madeleine Young in the AHRC Drivers’ Premiership after three meetings.

Albany’s next meeting will be on Saturday, January 20 and is again a night fixture.

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