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Be On Guard has delivered leading trainer Matthew Saw his 10th winner of the Albany Harness Racing Club season, at their final meeting on Friday night at Harold Reid Paceway. At only his second start for the Saw stable since coming across from Colin Brown, Be On Guard started a raging favourite in the Bakers Junction Pace (2258m) and won in a thrilling finish to help Saw wrap up his second consecutive AHRC Trainers’ Premiership in style. Driver Madeleine Young used barrier three to her advantage, spearing to the front where she led with the Changeover gelding and survived a late challenge from stablemate Beaus Mystery to win by a half head. Saw, who based himself here in Albany for the season, had already clinched successive titles heading into the last meeting but in the overall standings finished with 79 points. From 78 runners Saw had 10 winners to go with 15 seconds and nine thirds, as he was a clear winner over Peter Fairless (43 points) and Peter Anderson (32). The result also helped Young claim the AHRC Drivers’ Premiership for the 2017-18 season after she held off a strong challenge from last year’s winner Trent Wheeler. Young drove seven winners from 67 starts in the Albany season and had 20 minor placings as she recorded 60 points to finish above Wheeler (50) and Corey Peterson (41). Wheeler won the opening event on the final night after $1.60 favourite Captured Delight prevailed by a short half head in a photo finish over Bettorgrinanbarit. It was the first leg of winning double for Wonnerup trainer Terry Ferguson after he later tasted success with Rocknroll Beachboy. Giles Inwood landed a driving treble on the program after guiding Rocknroll Beachboy to victory along with Dredlock Rockstar and All About The Cash, both for trainer Ashleigh Markham. In the other AHRC awards Peterson was the club’s leading junior driver with 41 points while Crimson Floyd, trained by Charlie Draper, was the leading club pacer with 16 points. Cameron Newbold | Albany Advertiser Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

Trainer Matthew Saw will chase his first Albany Cup tomorrow night with tough pacer Mister Ardee, who meets a strong field of 10 runners in the Albany Harness Racing Club’s major feature race for 2017-18. Saw, who is based in Albany for the local season, has not had a runner in the feature race before but the six-year-old has drawn well for his first crack at the $20,000 GWN7 Albany Cup (2683m). Mister Ardee won four races in Kalgoorlie during the recent season and won a 2258m trial in Albany on January 20, following up a strong performance at Gloucester Park where he was beaten 6.1m behind Abraxas Blues. The talented pacer will start from barrier three on the front line for emerging young driver Madeleine Young and heads into the race in top condition, according to Saw. “He’s going really good,” Saw said. “He worked the best he’s ever worked last week and loves the beach. “Maddy understands him better than anyone and knows how to drive him. “We have set him for this race and his record at 2600m is good. But he will have to be at the top of his game to compete against Galactic Star who is probably in the top 20 horses in Australasia.” Metropolitan trainer Skye Bond will start top-quality pacer Galactic Star as she chases successive victories in the Albany Cup. Driver Madeleine Young on Albany Cup hopeful Mister Ardee with trainer Matthew Saw at Middleton Beach. Last year the Bond camp was successful with Our Jimmy Johnstone and Galactic Star appears extremely hard to beat off the back of winning a heat of the recent Inter Dominion series and then running fifth in the final, beaten 7.6m behind Lazarus. Reinsman Ryan Warwick is engaged to drive the winner of more than $300,000 in stake money from gate four on the second line. Former Albany Cup winner Kimba Bay is also in the field for trainer Debra Sutton while last year’s WA Derby winner Handsandwheels will start for trainer Andrew De Campo. The Albany Cup is one of nine-races on a bumper program at Harold Reid Paceway with the feature set down for 9pm. Cameron Newbold | Albany Advertiser Reprinted with permission of The West Australian

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