The Rangiora review

It was a stunning day for harness racing at Rangiora this afternoon. In total six stable runners went around, with the final runner for the day, Love That Guest getting home in the last of the day.

Bourbon And Dry was having its first start for the stable in the first race. After stepping well, he went into a break at the 2000m, galloping out of the race.

The second race saw Dexter combine with Bettor's Delight 3yr old Bettor's Power. After enjoying a great run in the one-one throughout, he was drawn out to make his claim at the 200m and looked a big chance. However, he peaked on his run over the last 50m running a nice enough 4th.

The draw was always going to be an issue for Cullens First Meddle in the third race. She was caught wide early before sitting outside the pacemaking favouirite Rock Diva throughout. On the turn she put the pressure on the favourite and the two looked like they had it to themselves. However, in-form driver Gavin Smith had other ideas, drawing out wide to make his run at the 150m on the Sam Smolenski trained Spinnaker that came with an undeniable run to nab the two. Rock Diva held second by a head over the game Cullens First Meddle. Surely her winning turn must come soon.

Equally as game as Cullens First Meddle was Donegal Jimmy Dave in the day's feature over the 2000m, from behind the mobile. From his second line draw, he was obliged to race back before being sent on a searching run at the 600m. He sustained this run to be up disputing the lead before the tun. While he never gave it away in the run to the line, he peaked on his run over the last 100m. He finished 4th, narrowly missing the placings. With the race won in a very slick 2.25 by rank outsider Carrickmannon, in a 1.57 mile rate, Donegal Jimmy Dave is one to watch in his next couple of starts.

The final runner for the afternoon was Love That Guest. After a strong run for second at Methven the previous start, he always looked tough to beat. Going out at over $8 on the tote, he did look way over the odds.

A 4yr old Christian Cullen gelding, Love That Guest began best and soon assumed the lead. John faced little pressure throughout the 2600m contest from brother Dexter and Spirit Eclipse that were content to sit parked and apply no pressue. However, things did get more serious over the past 300m, Love That Guest running home in 800m 57.6 and 400m 27.6, to hold on by 1/2 neck over an equally game Spirit Eclipse.

Today's win was the second for Love That Guest from just the ten race starts.

Love That Guest toughs out a nice win in the last of the day

Posted: Sun 11 Oct 2015