Form for Timaru and Mot
After the huge pressure of cup week, this weekend's harness racing for the stable will be focused on a slightly lower level, taking in both Timaru Saturday and Motukarara Sunday. John goes over the the weekend:
Race 2 - Crackaheiny. "He showed the ability that we know he possesses at Ashburton in the boys. It was a good drive by Jase. We haven't one a lot with him since Ashburton. He is very well and does appear to have a class edge on this field. I would exepect that he should be far too good providing he doesn't cop any bad luck in the running."
Race 6 - Surfin Swift. "Its great to see her back out there again for the Douglas'. She copped a bad check early on at Ashburton and then raced in the rearward group throughout. The way that she got home in the last 200m, on the back of some pretty good sectionals would suggest she is also a big winning hope if she backs up. Theres one or two nice ones in there, but I don't think she'll be far away."
Race 7 - Cullen's Mercy. "It was a terrific run from her in winning at Ashburton. She did plenty of work, off the back of a very quick 1st 800m. While there appear two standouts on paper, she does continue to keep progressing positively. While the two drawn out wide look the ones, she will definitely be a place hope if she can do what she did the other day."
Race 8 - Romes Burning. "He has found it a lot harder after getting up in the classes. He will need a lot of luck I would say, in what is a pretty handy line-up."
Race 10 - Massimo. "The old firm of Matty Purvis and Massimo reunite. He went really well I thought on Cup Day having no luck at all. If he was able to step well and even find the top, he will be very hard to roll on this very turning track. He just keeps on surprising us this guy."
Race 2 - All Royal Gal. "She is a 3yr old filly by Monarchy and owned by the Neumanns. I have really liked her progress to date and each time off the place she has shown she is taking steps forward. She has been foolproof with her gate up until now. It is a big maiden field to tackle on debut, but I am confident we can see a forward showing from her."
Race 3 - Mach Denario. "Its a pretty handy field and he is on debut. In saying that he does have the motor, but its the top 6 inches that are the main issue. If both come together then he is definitely a place hope 1st up."
Race 6 - Kynsley Star. "He's been backed and beaten in his 3 starts for the stable. Things haven't necessarily panned out for him. The draw looks woeful, but he can absolutely fly the gate. If he was able to get across them and dictate his own terms they wouldn't see which way he went, but it is a big IF!"
Race 9 - Gamblers Delight. "This is the mare's 1st start for nearly 6 months. She has progressed nicely, but has only had the one workout run. She'll follow the markers throughout and hopefully be running on strong at the business end."
Race 12 - I C U Darling. "The 1st up run at Rangiora was a shocker. Since then we have upped his work - Considerably! I will be expecting a huge improvement on what he showed last time."
Posted: Fri 22 Nov 2013