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Southern sprint star lands major Queensland invite

The hottest female pacer in Australia, Ladies In Red, has snared a spot in the $305,000 Group 1 Rising Sun at Albion Park on July 9.

The Victorian-based mare is trained by the all-conquering Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin and joins another Victorian, Jess Tubbs’ Chariots Of Fire winner Better Eclipse, as the only two invitees for the feature restricted to three and four-year-old pacers.

Ladies In Red has been ranked up with the best fillies Australia has seen with her 22 starts netting a staggering 18 wins and four seconds.

She’s got history on her side with last year’s inaugural Rising Sun being won by an outstanding four-year-old mare in Amazing Dream, who has since moved to the US where she has created a huge splash with two wins from as many starts.

“Given Amazing Dream’s win last year, RQ and the Albion Park were keen to attract at least one mare to this year’s race and there’s no better credentialed mare in this part of the world than Ladies In Red,” Racing Queensland’s David Brick said.

“It also opens the potential for her to race multiple times over the Constellations (carnival) with other races like the Group 1 Golden Girl and Group 1 Blacks A Fake, which Amazing Dream ran in as well.

“Our attention will now turn to the two three-year-old wildcard invites where those at the top of the list include Leap To Fame, Catch A Wave and Ripp. We will know more after the APG Gold Bullion final at Melton on Saturday night (Catch A Wave is favourite).”

Brick explained the final eight spots in The Rising Sun will be made-up of seven horses selected from the nominations which close on July 4.

“The other is the winner of the new race, the Queensland Sun, which is restricted to Queensland-trained horses only and will be run on July 2,” Brick said.

By Adam Hamilton

Australasia’s brightest star, the 2022 TAB Constellations Carnival!

From mid-June through to the end of July, Queensland will be the place to race with over $2.5 million in stakes and bonuses on offer, complemented by the Sunshine State’s stunning weather and social opportunities.

Following on from last year’s successful Carnival, RQ in conjunction with The Creek, Redcliffe & Marburg Clubs, recently announced a raft of enhancements, including new or upgraded races at Albion Park headlined by significant increases to the:

The feature carnival will also include the $150,000 Albion Park Gold for 2YOs (graduates of the Brisbane APG Sale) and multiple Derby, Oaks, mares and trotting features.

Feature July Saturday’s at The Creek

July 2

G2 QLD Sun

G3 Paleface Adios

Listed Wondais Mate

Darrell Alexander Trotting Champs Heats (Round 2)

July 9

G1 Rising Sun

G1 Darrell Alexander Trotting Champs Final

G3 Rising Sun Consolation

G3 Mr Feelgood

G3 Fleur De Lil Ladyship

NR60-75 Feature

July 16

G1 Sunshine Sprint

G1 Golden Girl

G1 Albion Park Gold

G2 Trotters Sprint

G3 4yo Champs

G3 Derby

G3 Oaks

July 23

G1 Blacks A Fake

G1 Trotters Cup

G1 QLD Derby

G1 QLD Oaks

G3 JC McMullen

Listed Queen of Hearts

Download the full 2022 TAB Constellations Pocket Guide