NSW Breeders Challenge: Elder looks to Bright Energy to light up Newcastle heat

Darren Elder

Darren Elder

LOUTH Park trainer Darren Elder is hopeful Bright Energy can deliver on his promise when on debut in heats of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Newcastle International Paceway on Saturday night.

Elder has Bright Energy and Ashark in the two-year-old colts and geldings heat and Alwaysbvicky in the fillies edition.

All will have their first race start in the $15,000 heats, where places in semi-finals of the group 1 series are up for grabs.

Elder said Bright Energy, which has drawn the extreme outside in nine, was probably his best hope on the program “if he does it all right”.

“Bright Energy has had two trials and won both of them by good spaces but not super times,” Elder said.

“He done’s well both times. He’s worked across, led them both and won by 20 metres or so.”

Bright Energy is owned and bred by Elder’s brother, Michael, and is the first foul out his mare Luminous Energy, which won nine races.

“He’s been a bit of a handful to get going, but he’s won two trials and done it the right way so far,” Darren said.

“The only thing is he hasn't had much racing experience because he’s won by so far. He’s strong and once he winds up he can maintain speed for a long while in.”

Ashark has had only the one trial, for fifth, but has drawn well in two.

In the fillies, Alwaysbvicky looks an outsider in a race featuring Sam Dimarco’s Australian Pacing Gold finalist, Black Silhouette.

“She’s had three trials and run fourth in them all,” Elder said of Alwaysbvicky. “She’ll need a bit of luck and she’ll be a bit better later on in life.”

Elder also has chances in the Menangle series heats.

Justarumour has drawn one in the C1 heat and had one win, two seconds and a third in four starts this preparation.

”He goes OK,” Elder said.

“He’s fast but his own racing manners are his downside, but from the one gate, he’ll be in the hunt.”

Consistent performer Kenandi Illusion is in the C3-C4 heat.

Race one of 10 on the program is at 4.53pm.