Alice Kay gets her chance

16 September 2021 | Ken Casellas | Photo: Hamilton Content Creators
Logo

Victorian-bred mare Alice Kay has drawn the No. 1 barrier for the first time in Western Australia, and she has bright prospects of notching her first win in the State when she contests the $18,000 Better Your Bet With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

She was most unlucky last Saturday night when, at her first appearance for 29 days, she raced in eighth position in the one-wide line before being hopelessly blocked for a run in the final stages and finishing seventh behind Typhoon Banner.

“She has come back cherry ripe and in good order after that freshen-up, but she just didn’t get a chance last week,” said trainer Katja Warwick. “She never got a run and came back with the blocks still up and the ear plugs still in.

“It’s the ideal draw this week to try to hold the front. There is a bit of speed on her outside, and hopefully we can get her nice and sharp on Friday night to enable her to hold the lead. She is a good frontrunner and is pretty tough, with the 2536m not being a worry.”

Alice Kay, who will be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, has had 11 starts in WA for two seconds and two thirds. Her latest success was when she led from barrier two and held on to beat Puntarno Stride by a short half-head over 2240m at Melton on January 30 this year.       

Alice Kay, one of two mares in Friday night’s field of 11, is likely to find the Nathan Turvey-trained The White Rabbit the hardest to beat. The White Rabbit fought on from sixth at the bell to finish fifth behind Typhoon Banner last Saturday night after producing strong finishing bursts to win at Pinjarra and Bunbury at his two previous outings. The White Rabbit will be driven by Suvaljko’s daughter Emily.

 

Related News

12 October 2021
Alchin bounces back into Sydney mode
MAYBE it was the weeks spent basking in the sunshine when he wasn’t landing winners at Albion Park. Either way, Menangle Park horseman Rickie Alchin has bounced back into Sydney with renewed vigour and is lining up what could be one of his best days yet at Tabcorp Park Menangle today. Alchin normally...
11 October 2021
Metro success looms as Justice arrival massive from the get-go
John Justice is still learning exactly what his new stable addition’s got under the bonnet, but it’s a case of so far so good for Mufasa Metro, who looks on course for a heady first few months in his new home state. A prized Kiwi who won twice in his first 11 outings before being snapped...
11 October 2021
Slide into the sulky for Max Delight's crucial Cup workout
Step into the sulky for the crucial final fast-work that paved the way for a Grand Circuit celebration, with David Aiken putting the reins in trots fans’ hands as Max Delight works towards eventual Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup success. The talented pacer had a disrupted preparation for Saturday...
11 October 2021
Queensland Harness Racing Wrap - October 11
Catch up on the week’s harness racing action in our weekly review, thanks to Darren Clayton. THE GOOD Tayla Gillespie is on track for her most successful season to date as a trainer following more success in the past week. Continuing her run of success, Gillespie was able to secure a pair of wins...
11 October 2021
Hamilton: Cup night a celebration of Victoria's true believers
VICTORIA Cup night should be a time to celebrate the game we love and that’s exactly what it was at Bendigo last Saturday night. In the end, it proved a night to enjoy and, in some cases, reminisce on some of the most successful mainstays of our passionate harness racing state. Of course, there...
Click for more