Blacks A Fake Tips & Preview

Trent Orwin in Harness Racing 9 Dec 2020
Blacks A Fake Tips Colt Thirty One (Stuart McCormick/HRV)

The Group 1 Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship (2680m) will be run at Albion Park on Saturday, December 12. Read on for our Blacks A Fake Tips & Preview.

Blacks A Fake Tips and Preview

Soon-to-be-crowned Grand Circuit champion King Of Swing is the dominant favourite for the Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship. He has drawn barrier five on the front line. Other winners at the barrier draw include One Change in barrier one and Cruz in barrier three.

Colt Thirty One defends his title in the race and will try to repel the challenge from the New South Wales brigade looking to take the lion’s share of the $175,660 in prizemoney.

Blacks A Fake Speed Map

Whether Cruz crosses One Change at the start or not, the leader in the race should be the Craig Cross-trained King Of Swing who will be driven by Luke McCarthy. No horse drawn inside King Of Swing will want the lead over 2680m which means the Hunter Cup (2760m) and Miracle Mile (1609m) winner looks a certain leader in the race.

Colt Thirty One will either need to sit back and make one run which means he would give King Of Swing a gigantic head start or he will be put into the race to death seat. The latter option is the most likely to occur.

Who will win the 2020 Blacks A Fake?

The most likely winner of the 2020 Blacks A Fake Championship is King Of Swing. He has put together a tremendous record since joining the Cross and McCarthy team. In addition to winning the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile, King Of Swing has also claimed the Group 1 Allied Express Sprint (1609m) and finished second in the Group 1 Victoria Cup (2240m).

His current odds of $1.60 are pretty close to the mark and doesn’t appeal in a staying race. Western Australian star Chicago Bull went under in the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) and big races can sometimes throw up an upset.

The Grant Dixon-trained and driven Colt Thirty One looks the logical danger to me. He is versatile which means he is capable of death seating in races or using his speed to close rapidly.

Colt Thirty One had won six in a row before a last start second behind Cruz in the Group 2 Queensland Cup (2138m).

He certainly faces an uphill battle in the race from barrier 10 but has the class and ability to cause a surprise if everything doesn’t pan out for King Of Swing.

At the current odds of $9 and better than $2 for the place, Colt Thirty One looks an excellent each-way bet.

Smaller hopes in the race go to One Change, The Black Prince, Cruz and Balraj.


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