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Can track record holder claim third-straight win?

By Duane Ranger

Albion Park record holder, Quietly Spoken, can go three-straight at Queensland Harness Racing Headquarters on Saturday night.

That’s the opinion of her Alberton trainer, Stephen Cini.

“She’s as bright as a button and has come through her last race very well. This mare likes to race and she is no slouch. Chris Alford told the previous trainers he liked her. That was good enough for me," Cini said.

“She raced in Group races at Menangle (five - placed in one) before I got her and you have to be pretty good to hold a track record at Albion Park.

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“Yes she can get the hatrick but the (Grant) Dixon trained and driven Our Overanova will be the toughest for her to beat. He's a very good race horse – even from 50m behind. He's had a lot of starts (139) and won 53 races. My girl has won just 12 (96 starts).

"In saying that I’m expecting Brian’s mare to be right in it again," he added.

Brian is Brian Dorans, the owner and breeder of Quietly Spoken. A fortnight ago (March 9) he watched his 7yo Pegasus Spur mare set a new 1660m track record for trotters at Albion Park.

Starting from the ace draw she sat in behind a torrid speed and then Narissa McMullen whipped her along the passing lane to win in 1:59.4 - mile rate, a slashing 1:55.7.

Her sectionals were 27.3, 30.4, 28.7, and 29.6.Dan-Costello-Quietly-Spoken-2.jpg

And even though Saturday’s $13,000 Pryde-sponsored ninth race is a 2,138m stand, Cini still needs a slick pace.

"If there's speed in the race it will suit the mare. She's started from one in both of her last two starts and now starts from 10m behind, so the race is going to pan out differently for her," he said.

"I won't say anything to Narissa. She knows the horse. We just have to see where the horse ends up soon after the start.

"If there's a slow pace and they dawdle, then that won't suit us. Hopefully they go hard and she can get into it at the right time. If she does then she's got the stamina and speed to get past them."

He said Quietly Spoken was the type of mare who liked to race week in and week out.

"She's very fit and enjoys racing. Brian doesn’t enjoy spelling them for too long. He likes to race his horses,” Cini said.

Quietly Spoken had her last race for Joe and Mary Rando when 13th at Menangle 2017. Cini then won first-up with her at Albion Park on December 12 of that year. Seven of her 12 wins have now been with Cini.

Her siblings have also performed well.

Quietly Spoken is the last of five foals out of the one race (fifth) Sundon - Champagne Girl (by Plat Du Jour) mare, Kindava Hush.

Her oldest sister, the 2003 Classic Adam mare, Une De Mai won 14 races and $85,805, while foal two, the 2003 Continentalman mare, Mystic Hush won 11 races and $94,943.

But none of them have gone as quick as their little sister - Cini's first track record holder.

“A lot of trotters don’t possess speed. This mare has speed. She’s proven that. She will continue to race on through the Winter Carnival," he said.

“She will hold her own until then but when the visitors get here she won’t be up to them. I’m working 12 at the moment and she would be in my top three or four. She’s the best trotter of the three I’ve got."

Quietly Spoken beat Our Overanova by 1.3m when they both started off the front on May 9. This time Our Overanova will give the mare a 40m head-start - but write the Dixon trainee off at your own peril.

Our Overanova knows all about tracks records. The 9yo Monarchy gelding holds two at Albion Park himself - including one over tonight's distance three-and-a-half years ago.

The 140-race veteran went a 1:59 mile rate when trotting 2:41.8 on September 19, 2015.

Then just over two years later (December 16, 2017) he went a 2:00.3 mile rate when setting a new mark of 3:20.8 for the 2,647m standing start.

The bay gelding started from 40m behind that night and just got up by half-a-head.

Our Overanova has won $406,404 in career stakes - Quietly Spoken: $109,132.