For Real Life stands head and shoulders above his opposition at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Realistic Mark concedes defeat on Argyle - For Real Life will smash them on Saturday night

Trainer Mark Dux doesn’t like the idea of conceding defeat but he gives Argyle zero chance of beating For Real Life at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Lincoln Farms’ pacer might be in solid form but Trent Dawson’s brilliant four-year-old stands so far above the rest of the field, Dux says all his rivals will be driving only for the minor money.

One of the most exciting pacers in Queensland, For Real Life won eight of his 11 starts last season, including the Triad Final, and is using Saturday night’s 1660 event as a warm-up for the $250,000 Chariots Of Fire in Sydney on March 2.

“It would be a brave man to say they could beat For Real Life, especially the way he trialled last week,” Dux says.

In his first serious hitout for three months, For Real Life clocked a 1:52.3 mile rate for 1660 metres at Albion Park, scoring by 14 metres and swishing home his last 800 in 54.3 and 400 in 26.3.

The For A Reason entire went even quicker in his last race in November when be blitzed the talented Frankie Ferocious over 2138 metres, clocking a 1:55.6 mile rate and flying home in 53.3, his last quarter in 25.7.

Trent Dawson … trains and drives the exciting four-year-old For Real Life.Trent Dawson … trains and drives the exciting four-year-old For Real Life.“He could sit outside them and beat them on Saturday night but no one would be silly enough to try to park him. I can see him being handed the lead and everyone else will be just hoping they can run a place.”

For Real Life, who on a 93 rating is 17 points higher than his nearest rival, gets into the race courtesy of not having won a metro race on a Saturday night - despite winning feature three-year-old races.

And from gate five, Dux says Dawson will be heading only for one spot - the top.

“Dawson knows how good the horse is and he’ll want a good hit-out before the Chariots. All the other horses will have their tongues out chasing him and he’ll run his last half in 54 something. Do the maths and you’ll see that if you’re out wide you’ll be struggling to even hold your spot. Not even our free-for-allers could beat him coming wide out.”

That’s why Dux says he can see it being a “fence race” for Argyle, who has drawn two on the second row.

“It’s crazy to think we can come wide. We’ve got to go to the fence and drive for luck. We could end up four back but that wouldn’t be that bad if Dawson turns him loose and opens the field up in the last 600 metres.

“I’m sure that’s the way we should play it, take the short cuts, or we’ll end up running fast sectionals and getting nothing.”

Argyle might have finished only sixth last week but Dux says he paced a super race, mounting a solo run from the 600.

“He did all the work improving three wide and carted the winner (Bangkok Deejay) into the race.

“I thought we was really good. He was only three metres from the second horse in a line-up across the track.”

Argyle ran the 2138 metres in a mile rate of 1:54.73, travelling an extra 31 metres and carving out closing sectionals of 28.4, 29.69, 27.55 and 29.09.

Meanwhile, Dux has given Captain Nemo a week off to freshen-up after another game run last week when a 1.5 metres second.

“The heat was killing him. It was so hot on Saturday night and it’s been catching up with him.

“He’ll be back in six weeks and by then it will have cooled down a bit. The weather should be lovely in March.”

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 1: Obadiah Dragon

“He’s the lowest rated in the field, so it will be tough for him, but he’s racing really well. He just doesn’t need any bad luck.”

Race 4: Lincoln La Moose

“You won’t see the best of him on Friday. It’s his first race since April and he’ll definitely need the run.”

Race 6: My Copy

“He’s no champion but he’s very honest and is always capable of finishing in the money. He only needs a fair crack at them.”

Race 7: Tyson

“You can forget about that debut run, it was a non-event for him the way the race panned out. He got way too far back and would need to have clocked ridiculous times to get into it. He has speed and feels like a nice horse but he’s very inexperienced. I wouldn’t expect him to round the others up but he won’t be disgraced.”

Race 7: Lincoln Lou

Update: Scratched on vet’s advice

“He’s a very nice colt. He’s a lot stronger this time in and he could develop into a serious horse. If he repeats his last run, he’ll be hard to beat. I think he might have the wood on Sugar Ray. He has better manners and probably a bit more speed too.”

Race 7: Sugar Ray Lincoln

“He won comfortably last time despite being three wide for much of the last lap and four wide turning for home. He’s a very good colt. There’s not much between him and Lincoln Lou.”

Race 9: Commander Lincoln

“He’s as honest as they come, he’d die for you, but he lacks a yard of sharp speed to be a serious horse. He has a draw upgrade and drops in class but things have to pan out for him.”

Mark Dux

Mark Dux’s comments

Friday night at Albion Park

Race 8: Captain Nemo
6.33pm NZ time

“It’s not an easy race and, from an average draw, we’ll drive him quietly again so he’ll be at the mercy of the tempo. If he gets the right trip, I could see him hitting the line well and sneaking into the money but after this run to tighten him up he’ll be all set to go, close to winning.”

Les Harding

Les Harding

Saturday night at Port Pirie

Race 5: Beaudiene Rocknroll
10.02pm NZ time

“I’m very happy with him and confident he’ll run a top race but it’s hard to predict how he’ll measure up given this is a big step-up in class compared with the horses he has raced against for his last two wins.”

Race Images - Harness