Mr Ardee primed for Albany Cup tilt
Trainer Matthew Saw will chase his first Albany Cup tomorrow night with tough pacer Mister Ardee, who meets a strong field of 10 runners in the Albany Harness Racing Club’s major feature race for 2017-18.
Saw, who is based in Albany for the local season, has not had a runner in the feature race before but the six-year-old has drawn well for his first crack at the $20,000 GWN7 Albany Cup (2683m).
Mister Ardee won four races in Kalgoorlie during the recent season and won a 2258m trial in Albany on January 20, following up a strong performance at Gloucester Park where he was beaten 6.1m behind Abraxas Blues.
The talented pacer will start from barrier three on the front line for emerging young driver Madeleine Young and heads into the race in top condition, according to Saw.
“He’s going really good,” Saw said.
“He worked the best he’s ever worked last week and loves the beach.
“Maddy understands him better than anyone and knows how to drive him.
“We have set him for this race and his record at 2600m is good. But he will have to be at the top of his game to compete against Galactic Star who is probably in the top 20 horses in Australasia.”
Metropolitan trainer Skye Bond will start top-quality pacer Galactic Star as she chases successive victories in the Albany Cup.
Last year the Bond camp was successful with Our Jimmy Johnstone and Galactic Star appears extremely hard to beat off the back of winning a heat of the recent Inter Dominion series and then running fifth in the final, beaten 7.6m behind Lazarus.
Reinsman Ryan Warwick is engaged to drive the winner of more than $300,000 in stake money from gate four on the second line.
Former Albany Cup winner Kimba Bay is also in the field for trainer Debra Sutton while last year’s WA Derby winner Handsandwheels will start for trainer Andrew De Campo.
The Albany Cup is one of nine-races on a bumper program at Harold Reid Paceway with the feature set down for 9pm.
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