Pearce duo set sights on Mt Barker wins

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Karnup co-trainers Daniel and Ben Pearce are confident of a strong showing at Mt Barker Turf Club this afternoon, with four even chances on the seven-race card as they look to kickstart a big few days for their team.

The Pearce stable has star three-year-old Money Maher entered in Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) but their sights will firstly be set on notching a winner in the Great Southern with Time To Hunt, Hashtag, Paradise Square and Mega Minx set to run today.

Time To Hunt and Hashtag are in the opening two events this afternoon and present terrific chances, with Time To Hunt edged out by a nose last start at Ascot, while Hashtag lost via protest in Northam last start despite crossing the line first. Jarrad Noske will ride Time To Hunt, who is drawn awkwardly in gate seven in the George Toovey Handicap (1850m) but is a progressive horse, having won two of his seven career starts.

“The main reason Time To Hunt is coming is for the Westspeed bonus, he’s eligible for that bonus and it looks a nice race,” Ben Pearce said.

“He is a nice horse in the making, he’s in good form and is a big chance in that field, I’d say.”

Hashtag will tackle a field of seven other runners in the Paddy Knapp Handicap (1850m) with Noske in the saddle.

“She’s been consistent this preparation,” he said.

“We’ve been stretching her out in trip which is a little different but she’s been running on well and was desperately unlucky last start to lose on protest.” The Pearce stable will run three-year-old Paradise Square in the Steve And Coralie Caporn Maiden (1100m), resuming from a short break, while Mega Minx will tackle the Trevor Allison Handicap (1100m).

“Paradise Square has been a bit disappointing after running third in town to a couple of handy ones,” he said.

“His trial was good and he is drawn well.

“Mega Minx was only just beat last start and is clearly knocking on the door.”

The first of seven races is set down for 2.07pm today.


Race 1: Time To Hunt

Race 2: Daisy Express

Race 3: Lexden Gambler

Race 4: Paradise Square

Race 5: Jester Ferrari

Race 6: Potent Secret

Race 7: Babble

Best Bet: Time To Hunt

Value: Daisy Express

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