26 March 2021 | Paul Courts
A PREMIER meeting consisting of four Group Ones just wouldn’t be complete without Australian Pacing Gold graduates.
Headed by the Gold Crown, Saturday night’s Bathurst program includes the Gold Tiara, Bracelet and Chalice – each offering a purse of $100,000.
Ready to claim the lion’s share of the stakes on offer are 17 APG Sales purchases.
Undefeated from two starts, Captains Queen is the sole APG runner in the Tiara.
Prepared by astute horseman Russell Jack, Captains Queen annihilated her opposition upon debut before completing an effortless victory in her Tiara heat.
Drawn barrier four, the two-year-old is at $9 with TAB Fixed Odds, with her stablemate Just Hope the $1.50 favourite from gate two.
The Crown – for two-year-old colts and geldings – will see another unbeaten APG eligible pacer in action.
Trained by Clayton Tonkin, Lightning Dan has also won his two starts in fine fashion.
With Amanda Turnbull to take the reins, Lightning Dan is at $3.30 from barrier seven.
The son of Captaintreacherous will be joined by APG graduates Nineteenth Man, The Rainbow Beach and Escape Artist.
A dozen three-year-olds are set to contest the Bracelet and Chalice, with recent New South Wales Oaks winner, Anntonia, expected to dominate her division from the pole.
Following this weekend’s engagements the APG crew will then be set for the various Australian Pacing Gold riches beginning with the $125,000 Two-Year-Old Gold Bullion Finals at Club Menangle on April 24.
A week later Albion Park will host the $50,550 Two-Year-Old Gold Bullion Finals.
On May 29 APG will offer a mouth water $1.2million across three states.
Along with a pair of $125,000 Two-Year-Old Gold Bullion Finals, the evening includes two $350,000 Finals for three-year-olds and two $50,000 Consolations at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Consolations are also scheduled to be held at Club Menangle and Albion Park that night, while Gloucester Park will host a Consolation the previous evening.