Machinthesand set to even the score in feature

Nicholas Oakes
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On Thursday night's harness racing program

CHARLOTTETOWN – It will seem like déjà vu for Machinthesand as he again leaves from Post 6 and battles Greatheart Hanover in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park.

First-race post time for the 12-dash card is 7 p.m.

The $2,000 featured pace has Machinthesand favoured for driver Brodie MacPhee, who just hit 100 Maritime wins on the season as he is in the midst of his best year to date. Russell and Karen Noonan and Noon Holdings own the Mark Bradley-trained Machinthesand.

The four-year-old son of Mach Three battled from Post 6 his last start, and had to be taken wide in the first turn around a breaking Pownal Bay Mustang to finish second to Greatheart Hanover in 1:56.4.

Greatheart Hanover (Jason Hughes) moves out a few spots from his last start to Post 5, and will not be able to get away from Machinthesand so easily this week. Also in the field are Toad River (Ken Murphy), PC Shockwave (Gary Chappell), Nobestbfor (Walter Cheverie), Sterling Seelster (Campbell) and Forever Paradise (Mike Stevenson).

A field of nine trotters will butt heads in the Race 3 $1,300 trot class, with Wonderous Hanover and Brian Andrew selected to win off the rail. The four-year-old daughter of Conway Hall is co-owned and trained by Mitchell Tierney of New Haven along with co-owner William Andrew of Calgary.

Her main competition is right next to her with Howmacs Pride (Campbell) from Post 2 fresh off a runner-up finish in this class last start. Other entries include JK Queen (Cheverie), Duvar Road (Norman Myers), Irish Lullaby (Daniel MacDonald), BJ High Meadow (Brian MacPhee), I Aint No Lady (Garth Cole), BJ Eldorado (Kenny Arsenault) and Majian Dilion (James Ripley).

The evening’s back-up pace lines up in Race 7 as Tempo Seelster’s four-race win streak in serious jeopardy. Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown owns, trains and drives the three-year-old Santanna Blue Chip colt, and will leave from Post 7 in the nine-horse field. Roscoes Child (Brodie MacPhee) is the morning-line favourite from Post 6, boasting a record of 13 top-three finishes in his last 14 starts, including six wins. Doll R General (Mark McKinnon) is picked to round out the triactor.

Geographic location: Toad River, New Haven, Calgary Charlottetown

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