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Prominent owners ready for QBRED showdown

By Paul Courts 

THERE is a strong chance prominent owners Kevin and Kay Seymour will head home from Albion Park with four feature wins on Saturday night.

Led by outstanding youngster Colt Thirty One, the Seymours have runners engaged in the two Qbred Finals and a pair of Qbred Breeders’ Classics.

“We do have some nice starters in the races and hopefully can have a bit of luck,” Kevin said.

“Colt Thirty One is our best chance.

“He is a quality three-year-old and his win a couple of weeks ago was fantastic.

“He had to race three-wide and work before finding the death to the front and ran 1:53.2, which hasn’t been seen from a three-year-old at Albion Park. He went enormous.”

Winner of the Victoria Derby early this year, the son of Mach Three has drawn barrier six for trainer Grant Dixon.

The colt’s stablemate, Major Generaljujon has drawn on his outside.

“It is not an easy draw, but on his form, he should be a fraction too good for them,” Seymour said.

“He shows all the hallmarks of a top horse, which is heading to open company.”

The Seymours have three representatives in the fillies’ division, with Famed Assured considered the leading chance despite drawing the outside of the front row.

Famed Assured enjoyed no luck during her recent trip south, where she finished sixth in a Victoria Oaks heat after racing in the ‘death seat’.

The daughter of Mach Three will be joined in the Triad decider by her Dixon-trained stablemates Red Charmer and Aqua Miss.

Boasting three wins from her last four starts, Red Charmer has drawn perfectly in the pole, with Aqua Miss to come from gate four.

Also making the interstate trip for the Victoria Oaks, Aqua Miss won her heat before an unplaced effort in the Final.

“Famed Assured is the won Grant is sticking with,” Seymour said. “I think she is better than the rest, but the barrier drawn can make the difference.

“Aqua Miss will do well from four and barrier one lifts Red Charmer’s chances.”

Another by Mach Three, Miss Moneybags is one of five Dixon entrants in the Breeders’ Classic for two-year-old fillies.

Miss Moneybags is also returning from a luckless trek across the border, having finished towards the tail of the field in the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago.

Miss Moneybags will start from barrier three, with her main danger, Smart As Camm Be to come from four.

Trained and driven by Kylie Rasmussen, Smart As Camm Be has won her last two outings in impressive fashion.

“Miss Moneybags should go well from three,” Seymour said. “It’s not an easy race, but she has recovered from the trip, is feeling good and should go well.

“Smart As Camm Be is going to be the hardest to beat. If she is not the favourite she will be vying for it.”

In the colts’ and geldings’ category, the Seymours will pin their hopes on Sea Hawke, which finished third at his last start in an Australian Pacing Gold Consolation.

“Sea Hawk has drawn six and comes into five, but will need luck from there,” Seymour said.