One last dash to the finish
THE final Pioneer Park race meeting for 2011 will be held tomorrow and by 4.30pm the winners of the $10,000 Milne Bros/Case IH Premierships will be known.
Although Mark Barnham has the $2000 for the leading jockey sewn up, the same can't be said for the $3000 Horse of the Year award or the $5000 leading trainer award.
There are about 16 horses vying for the $3000, but of course a lot of horses in the running are not racing tomorrow.
Best chances appear to be the Todd Austin-trained Stars Are Born and the David Munns-trained Dashing Doll.
Both horses race well at Pioneer Park and look to have strong chances in their respective races.
I have a slight leaning to Stars Are Born as she is undefeated in two previous starts at the track and her strong finishing burst should see her through.
Barcaldine trainer Todd Austin shot to the lead in the $5000 leading trainer award at the meeting three weeks ago courtesy of a winning treble and it is hard to see him losing that lead tomorrow.
He has produced a powerful team of runners at the right time of the year and I have actually selected him to win four races.
Even if he were to win two races that would be enough for him to claim the title.
I have marked two of his stable runners as the best bets on the card and they are Stars Are Born and Secrets, while other winners on the day could be Cranky Man, Shagsine and Catabolic.
Racing in this area now goes into a Christmas recess with the next meeting scheduled at Moranbah on Australia Day in 2012.
Race 1: Cranky Man - Pretty Lilly - My First Adventure
Race 2: Shagsine - Power To Exceed - Exalted Mollie
Race 3: Stars Are Born - Profanity - Maddie Yo Yo
Race 4: Secrets - Dashing Doll - Craiglea Convict
Race 5: Catabolic - Leica Zed - Dumuzi