Fri, Jul 24, 5:14pm by Kevin Pitstock
While the greyhounds do battle in the Group 2 Young Star Classic at Wentworth Park in NSW, the stars of Australian harness racing line up at Albion Park Saturday night for the Group 1 $100,000 Campbells Wholesale Winter Cup.
On the harness racing group calendar for the first time with Group 1 status and elevated prizemoney of $100,000, the Winter Cup has attracted a full field of 12 runners with the major chances all drawing along side each other.
Bold Cruiser will start from gate nine, Karloo Mick from ten, Be Good Johnny from eleven and Blacks A Fake will start from twelve; and there’s little doubt that the “big 4” will all be trying to grab an early break on each other despite the the obvious obstacle of the front row in front of them.
Karloo Mick comes in to the race after outgunning Blacks A Fake in last weeks Sunshine Sprint but to appearances Blacks A Fke looked “a run away” and vast improvement is expected this week from the champion triple Inter Dominion winner.
In the same race Be Good Johnny’s experienced gear trouble early in the run causing him to break and gallop, so the run did little to point to his true chances this week.
The only one of the “big 4” not to contest the Sunshine Sprint last week was Bold Cruiser who is coming in to the race after getting over the top of Smoken Up at Melton’s Tabcorp Park last Saturday week.
Blacks A Fake is currenlty a $2.00 favourite over Be Good Johnny at $4.00, with Karloo Mick just a fraction longer at $4.20 and Bold Cruiser the only other runner under double figures at $6. Those prices are from one of the leading tote operators fixed price odds, so if we wait for tomorrow there is no doubt we’ll get better value from Sportsbet, Sports Alive, Iasbet or Centrebet.
I’m certainly not going to to say the champ can be beaten from his draw but I don’t want to be on him at even money. After the getting a relatively easy run last week Be Good Johnny could just be the knockout horse here and we’ll be jumping in the sulky behind him Saturday night.
But knowing taking on a champion is always a risky business, we’ll be taking adavantage of Sportsbet’s Super Saturday promotion to ensure we get a $200 deposit bonus and hedge our risk.
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