Day At The Track

Heart And Soul touches down on red soil

02:15 AM 17 May 2018 NZST
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Drew Neill, harness racing
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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Heart And Soul will have the inside advantage in the feature event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the capital oval gears up for another action packed Thursday evening harness racing program.

First race post time is 6:30 P.M. with the $1,800 featured finale lining up in race 10 with Heart And Soul shipping in for Nova Scotia to draw post 1 and get the nod as morning line favourite from classifier Gerard Smith. The five-year-old son of Western Paradise had been racing the top class at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and has yet to miss a cheque but drops in class to face his Thursday foes. Clare MacDonald trains and drives Heart And Soul for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Nogreatmischief leaves from post 2 in the event for his second start of the season for owner-trainer-driver Walter Cheverie. Confident Fella has been settling in since relocating to P.E.I., with third place finishes in his last two outings for trainer Ralph Sweet and driver Marc Campbell.

Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the chances of post 2 starter Nogreatmischief for the mild upset.

"Nogreatmischief was just charted in 1:57 and change which is pretty good considering he hasn't raced since January," MacIsaac said. "He tends to lag at the start but if there's some early pace to make his late rally work he could get it all."

Other entries include Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes), Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton) and The Big Bite (Kenny Arsenault).

Neill Makes Driving Debut Behind All Turain

The program will also see the debut of rookie driver Drew Neill, who has two mounts on the mid-week card. The 18-year-old will kick off his career in race 5 aboard post 5 starter All Turain for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. The veteran son of Tell All has not raced since September but will look for his 40th lifetime victory in the $1,000 class as he tries to get young Neill his maiden breaking score in the bike. Neill will also drive Ideal Space in race 7 at 8-1 odds for trainer Joey Squires.

The top mares will tangle again this week in race 8 with Julep Hanover the morning line choice for trainer-driver Wade Myers from post 5 in the $2,000 class. Other top entries include Malabrigo (Campbell) and West River Ambyr (MacDonald).

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By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

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