Astor meets Machinthesand in top class showdown

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The field is set for tonight’s feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Post time is 6 p.m. 

Astor, owned by Foxyhall Racing stable of Summerside, has been installed as the morning-line favourite in the power-packed lineup for driver Jason Hughes.

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, Middleton, makes his seventh start of the campaign and is in top form right now. 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 with a field so deep with 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 lineup also includes Sterling Seelster (Walter Cheverie), McMaverick (Ken Murphy), Eagle Jolt (Mark McKinnon), Artist List (Gary Chappell). 

Tempo Seelster gets top billing in the evening’s backup class for owner-driver Vince Poulton. Race analyst Les MacIsaac says he will be tough.

“He’s been keeping company with some pretty good ones all year and as his record indicates, (he’s) more than holding his own.” 

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

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

 

Compiled by Red Shores’ marketing and sales manager Lee Drake

Organizations: Noonan Holdings, P.E.I. 4-H Club, Salads/Keybrand Foods Inc. Trot Challenge

Geographic location: Charlottetown Driving Park, Summerside, New Brunswick

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