Stable chances for the weekend
The focus of this week's racing is Addington Friday and Oamaru Sunday. John looks at what appears to be a solid book for the stable:
Massimo - Race 2 - Ray Reekie. "This horse has been a real surprise to be honest. He had been battling away in average fields for a while, but of late has really come solid. Ray Reekie drives in the amateur race and they have paired up before running a nice 2nd a few starts ago. The second line draw is not really that great, but if he can punch through, or get a nice drag into it at some stage he must be a definite winning hope".
Race 6 -Rome's Burning - Dexter and Blazin N Cullen - Johnny.
"Blaze did go super again last week. He really let down the last 100m when he got out, but the leaders had too big of a break. He is drawn to get an economical run and while there are some nice sorts engaged, he should be right in the fight again. Rome's Burning has come up with a nice draw, but will definitely benefit from the run. He has had a wee setback since last racing so will only improve on what he does Friday."
Race 9 - Cullens Spirit - Jason Thomas and Kotare Mahal - Johnny.
" I was really happy with Jason's drive on Kotare Mahal last week. He put him in the race at the right time and was too good yet again. He has a nice enough draw again so should be a very hard horse to beat. He is progressing nicely and his target will be the Futurity during cup week. Cullens Spirit has also been running consistent races. He stuck on good last start outside that nice one of Ken Barrons (Upanatom). He will need luck from his draw, but if the pace is on, will be running home strongly".
Oamaru - Sunday
Race 7 - Mach Banner. "As I've said already, the run last week was tops. If anything he should be even more forward for this week's contest. He is generally well mannered so should pozzie up nicely again and get his chance. It would be good to get the free ticket into the cup for sure. There's not a lot between many of these so luck in the running can sometimes be the key in these sort of races".
Race 9 - Real Kamwood - Matt Purvis and Better Than Money - Jason Thomas. "I don't think you can read too much into the run of Real Kamwood from last week. Tom (Bagrie) was told to drive for one run, but we weren't picking that they would crawl like they did and then fly home. Hopefully it tops him off for this week as he is a nice horse. Better Than Money has run two solid races this campaign. If he can step well he must be some hope. He has certainly raced in far stronger fields than what he meets Sunday."
Posted: Thu 12 Sep 2013