Astor meets Machinthesand in top class showdown

Lee Drake
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CHARLOTTETOWN – A Summerside-owned horse has been installed as the morning-line favourite in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Jason Hughes will drive Astor for the Foxyhall Racing Stable of Summerside in the power-packed line-up. The son of Camluck was second in the Ladner series, charted in 1:55.1 and will have to manage a Post 7 start.

Machinthesand will start from Post 6 for Brodie MacPhee. The gelding, trained by Mark Bradley for Noonan Holdings – Russell and Karen Noonan of  Middleton – goes into his seventh start of the campaign in top form.

He’s also known for his dangerous finishing kick, roaring home in 28.3 seconds in his last outing.

There could be several surprises in this race that features a field deep in talent.

Cheyenne Ford, a new purchase for longtime owner James O’Halloran of Montague, knocked off Ultimate Luck in their last meeting in a 1:55.1 score for Kenny Arsenault. Trainer Sifroi Melanson has listed New Brunswick pilot Stephen Trites to drive.

The line-up also includes Sterling Seelster (Walter Cheverie), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Mark McKinnon) and Artist List (Gary Chappell).

Other action

In other action, Tempo Seelster gets top billing in the evening’s back-up class for owner-driver Vince Poulton. Race analyst Les MacIsaac says he will be tough.

Hurrah makes his sixth start of the season in Race 6 for Brian Andrew, with all winning purse money being donated to P.E.I. 4-H Club this month. The colt, trained by Mark Bradley, gets Post 2 for lessee Hurrah 4 Island Charities.

Driver Walter Cheverie is on top of the leader board in the Johnston’s Salads/Keybrand Foods Inc. Trot Challenge with 74 points. Cheverie will drive JK Queen in the trot class.

Post time is 6 p.m.

Organizations: Noonan Holdings, Salads/Keybrand Foods Inc. Trot Challenge

Geographic location: Summerside, New Brunswick

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