Ready to harness the power of a great race meet in Warwick
HARNESS RACING: Warwick's once-a-year harness meeting might not have the same stature as a metropolitan card, but there is no lack of star power.
Trainer Darrel Graham, who currently sits second on the Queensland trainers premiership, will bring a strong team to Allman Park, indicating he isn't just here for a getaway.
Graham has eight horses accepted for the meeting across six races, and is confident he won't go home empty handed, rating a horse new to his stable as his best hope.
"Thunder Mac is having his first start for me after coming from New Zealand,” Graham said.
"The two horses I have in the Cup (My Ultimate Fella and Royal Counsel) are both nice horses.
"My Ultimate Fella is coming back from an ease-up, and his work has been good.
"Royal Counsel is a big mare than has some strong form as well.”
Today won't be Graham's first visit to Warwick, and he says it is a venue that offers a genuine experience.
"We've been here a couple of times. It's a little bit more casual, and the grass track is completely different racing,” he said.
"It's a little bit of fun and offers something different for the horses.
"There's a different crowd who don't get to see a lot of harness racing, so it is good to get it out to the area.”
As for the track, Graham is expecting his horses to handle the transition to grass racing with aplomb.
"My horses have handled the course pretty well before,” he said.
"They prepare the tracks good, and we've got some pretty good pacers coming for the meeting.
"You have to take the right sort of horses there.
"The track is bigger, and there isn't too much scooting around tight bends.”