Draper claims dra­matic win in $10k cup

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

Al­bany trainer Char­lie Draper has claimed the $10,000 Lion New Year’s Cup (2258m) with vet­eran Jasper Casper dur­ing a dra­matic night of pac­ing at Harold Reid Pace­way last Fri­day.

In a meet­ing where there were start­ing prob­lems and reins­man Shane But­ter­worth was un­able to ful­fil his drives af­ter fall­ing out of his cart in race 1, it was a 12-yearold geld­ing that pre­vailed in the fea­ture race.

With ju­nior driver Emily Su­valjko in the sulky, Jasper Casper set­tled mid­field on the pegs in the field of eight run­ners be­fore work­ing clear as they ap­proached the fi­nal bend and charg­ing home to get over the top of Irock­my­world.

Jasper Casper, hav­ing his 223rd ca­reer start, chalked up his 21st vic­tory and has two wins in his past five starts.

But­ter­worth fell from the cart on Paris Six­tyeight in the Trevors Car­pet 3YO West­bred Pace (2258m) which caused a false start.

The race was re-run with Paris Six­tyeight and Gotta Keep Jet­ting both late scratch­ings and But­ter­worth was stood down from driv­ing for the re­main­der of the meet­ing. Trainer-driver com­bi­na­tion An­drew and Ai­den De Campo fin­ished with a win­ning treble at the se­cond meet­ing of the Al­bany Har­ness Rac­ing Club sea­son.

Short priced favourite Walsh saluted early in the pro­gram be­fore Smolder­ing Ashes and then Bet­ter Be Os­car rounded out a win­ning trip for the Capel pair.

Trainer Peter An­der­son recorded a dou­ble af­ter Jesse All­wood and All Over Tan were suc­cess­ful on the eight-race card, both driven by reins­man Don­ald Harper.

Madeleine Young drove two win­ners to make it three here in Al­bany this sea­son af­ter the tal­ent scored vic­tory with Kirsten at the sea­son opener on De­cem­ber 21.

An­der­son started the sea­son in bril­liant style, train­ing four win­ners on the eight-race card on De­cem­ber 21. AHRC has its third meet­ing of the sea­son this Satur­day night with a like­li­hood of nine races be­ing pro­grammed.

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