Young dictates terms in bold move behind Vrai Amour

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Marilyn Said, trained by Peter Anderson and driven by Donald Harper has been in good form this season.
Camera IconMarilyn Said, trained by Peter Anderson and driven by Donald Harper has been in good form this season. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Lightly raced pacer Vrai Amour proved too strong for his rivals in Friday night’s feature race, the Wellington & Reeves Sales RWWA Feature Series Westbred Pace (2258m) in Albany on Friday night.

The $10,000 feature at Harold Reid Paceway had nine starters, and driver Jocelyn Young sped across with Vrai Amour from gate two on the front line to take up the lead. Young was able to dictate terms for the remaining journey on the $2 favourite, which found plenty in the concluding stages to win by 4m over Avivo on the line.

Trained by Hopeland’s Debra Lewis, Vrai Amour is a seven-year-old that has had his fair share of troubles after winning on debut in Pinjarra back in 2015.

After winning two successive races last July, the gelding was spelled and then returned to have two unplaced runs at Gloucester Park before his Albany success to make it four career wins in nine starts.

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It was a big evening for Lewis and Young as they scored a winning treble on the nine-race Albany card.

Luis Alberto broke through for his first win since April last year when Young was able to save him up for a strong sprint home in the Harold Reid Memorial Pace (2258m). Lewis and Young then combined to round out their treble with the well-supported Lot Twenty One, who won a thrilling finish to the Peter Thompson Memorial (2242m).

Lot Twenty One held off race favourite Disco Under Fire in the concluding stages to win by a neck.

Disco Under Fire leads the pacer of the year standings after another minor placing.

The Alfred Paganoni prepared runner sits on 17 points to be two clear of Marilyn Said.

Peter Anderson has a 15-point lead over Barry Howlett in the trainers’ premiership despite Anderson not having a winner on Friday.

Howlett continued his wonderful strike rate in Albany this season, making it 11 winners from 21 starters after Smart Fortune won the Tom Minchin Memorial (2683m).

Albany Harness Racing Club has two meetings remaining this season. The penultimate fixture comes up this Friday night.

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