NARRANDERA reinsman Blake Jones will look to plunder another of the Riverina’s richest races at the Albury Paceway tonight.
Jones captured the Junee Cup in January with Rusty’s Reject and has picked up the plumb drive on the Colin Thomas-trained Dealer in tonight’s $15,000 Albury Pacers Cup (2570 metres).
Dealer looks one of the leading chances in what looks an open race and has won three of his past five starts including a last-start win at Leeton.
“It looks an even race on paper but I’m driving a horse that’s been in terrific form of late,” Jones said.
“He ran some competitive races at Menangle recently so as long as he gets his fair share of luck in running and doesn’t get too far back I can’t see why he won’t be in the finish.
“There looks to be no standout runner in the field and it could come down to who gets the most luck in the running.
“Hopefully he can take up a forward spot and he should be hard to beat.”
Jones has been driving in career-best form and has already notched 66 winners for the season.
He is firmly entrenched inside the top-five of the state drivers’ title and well on his way to surpassing his previous best of 99 wins last season.
The talented reinsman looks a great chance of adding to his tally tonight with several nice drives.
Last-start winners Peking Duck and Clean River alongside Junee Cup winner Rusty’s Reject and Marion Keisker all look set to vie for favouritism among punters in their respective races.
Jones said he had a leaning towards Marion Keisker if he was forced to pick his best drive on the night.
“I haven’t driven her previously and it’s her first start for the Hillier stable,” he said.
“But looking at her form she should prove hard to beat.
“She has drawn the second row but should settle in the running line, get a good run through and I would be surprised if she wasn’t in the finish.”
The first race on the program is at 6.15pm with the last on the nine-race card at 10.12pm.
Entry is $10 with Commercial Club members admitted free.