Globe Derby Park, Saturday 26th May 2018 Preview
If last week can be taken as a guide, this Saturday’s $33,500 2018 Alabar 2YO Golden Nursery final (1800m) at Globe Derby Park should be action-packed from mobile release.
South-Eastern two-year-olds Bubbles And Cheese (gate two) and Strongnbold (gate five) came out humming trying to secure the early lead ensuring there was good speed and there is no reason there would not be a similar contest this week.
Unfortunately, last week there was an accident around the first turn which forced stewards to declare a no-race.
In last week’s event, punters backed the Justin Brewin-trained Above Average from $15 into $4.50 expecting him to settle midfield in the running line and taking holding out at the finish.
Driver Jayden Brewin had the gelding well placed last week to obtain a good run but when the accident occurred he galloped and had to be pulled up.
Justin Brewin said Above Average had taken no harm from last week and worked well this week.
“I had him set for last week and was confident he would go close,” Brewin said.
“I don’t see anything this week to change my opinion. I’m hoping Jayden can get a good run through to settle midfield and finish strongly.
“I’m expecting him to finish as strongly as he did in the Sapling Stakes on April 28. He is a horse which is still learning about leading but is happy to have a horse to chase in the run to the finish.”
The Golden Nursery sees a return to the sulky of veteran reinsman Mark Webster.
With the unfortunate injury to top young reinsman Josh Holberton which could see him sidelined for up to six months, trainer Lance Holberton asked Webster to come out of retirement to partner Regal Scribe.
“To be honest I had no desire to drive again after tossing in my licence last year,” Webster said.
“But with the unfortunate injury to Josh, Lance asked me to come back and help out and because he has been a longtime friend I was happy to help out.
“I have been driving trackwork, so it will be just stepping up to race driving.
“Regal Scribe is a nice horse which has had no luck in any of his starts. If the tempo is on throughout he might take holding out with a bit of luck.”
Trainer Lance Holberton said the two-year-old had basically escaped unscathed from the fall.
“He had a little scratch on his neck, about the size of a 20-cent piece, which is coming good,” Holberton said.
“He is a tough little horse, and I can’t believe how lucky he was.”
Another back row-drawn horse with claims is the Tyson Linke-trained Mackalan which was also involved in last week’s accident.
Linke said Mackalan had also been very lucky.
“He had a small bruise but apart from that is okay,” Linke said.
“He has worked well this week and hope he can have a bit more luck this week.”
Justin Brewin will be hoping to have a winner on Saturday night with talented mare Miasblaze drawn in gate one in The Coca Cola Company Pace (1800m).
“I’m hoping she can lead, and if she does, should take running down,” Brewin said.
“She ran 1:55.9 a few weeks ago and if she leads might even go quicker on Saturday.”
Punters should note the first race at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night is at 4.46pm – a very early start.
Go to trotsguide.com.au to read form expert Ben Harding’s thoughts for the Alabar Golden Nursery Stakes and all the races at Globe Derby Park.