Alexandra Park preview for Friday
The stable will have seven runners lining up at Alexandra Park on Friday and Robert believes Miss Daisy is his best winning chance in the penultimate event.
Robert, who has won 27 races this season – 16 behind Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen, will line up six pacers and one trotter at the premier meeting.
The driving will be shared between his sons John and Dexter, Tony Herlihy (MNZM) and junior driver Jack MacKinnon.
Here’s what Robert conveyed to Duane Ranger on the chances for tomorrow evening:
Race 1: ROBBIE BURNS (7) Dexter Dunn – “He is very forward and has trained on nicely since he won here last Friday. He’s going really well this campaign. He’s a terrific stayer who I believe will go to the top one day. That is why we turned down big money for him when he was younger. However the draw makes it tough for him in this and for that reason I’d just rate him a solid place chance. This fella is a long-term proposition. We are just rapt the way he has come through his last few runs. He is really holding his own this time in. I think he will be a real nice horse. He’s a late maturing type of horse. Place.”
Race 1: LITTLE RASCAL (8) John Dunn – “He’s won two of his last three starts and that last win was real gutsy. He can tough it out and to be fair there’s not much between the two stablemates in this race. I rate him very highly but again the draw is going to work against him. We will just have to go back and hopefully then get a go at them. I rate him very highly as well and think he will make a nice 4-year-old and be competitive in the Messenger and Taylor Mile next year. This is just his second standing start though but I do rate him a very good C4 pacer. First four or place.”
Race 4: ALTA LAS VEGAS (6) John Dunn – “He went very well behind Art Form and company last week. He ran out and lost a couple of lengths so he did well to recover. That was his first llook at Alexandra Park. However this is a very hard race for him. I like him and when he learns to relax his whole body he will be a tidy pacer. We are going to have to go back and pray the speed is on. The way the draw stacks up and taking into account the quality of the opposition I’d rate him an outside place chance here.”
Race 7: WHITNEY (10) Jack MacKinnon – “Tough ask here against the guns but Jack stays on because he has driven her really well and has placed in eight of her last nine starts at Alexandra Park. This is the hardest field she has faced and she would be an outside place chance at best here. To make things worse she has also drawn the second row and that’s going to make it even tougher.”
Race 9: CULINARY DELIGHT (4) – Tony Herlihy (MNZM) – “Tough ask for a C4 in this this strong field. She can begin fast but we will be hoping for an economical trip, say three or four back on the fence and then it depends on how tough a run the good ones will get. I think she’s just an outside First Four player at best in this. She’s very honest and I know she won’t let us down, but she was disappointing last week. Tony said she was travelling sweetly at the 500m and then had nothing at the 400. We took her bloods and nothing showed up, but I feel something might be lurking. She has never been a great track worker so it’s hard to get a line on her. We will be happy if she finishes in the first five or six here.”
Race 9: ART CRITIC (8) Dexter Dunn – “That was a really nice run here last week. I was rapt with that but this is going to be tough because she has drawn out. That’s a shame because we would have loved a nice draw. She worked really well this morning (Wednesday) but I think she might find a couple of mares here a bit smart. She will make a nice horse and will be one to follow against the mares up here in February and March. She will remain up here but for Friday I’d rate her an outside place prospect.”
Race 11: MISS DAISY (3) John Dunn - “ I was very pleased with her first-up run for four months here last start (November 27). She is nearing her best again and has had three workouts this time in. She trialled well at Pukekohe on Saturday (fourth of six behind Lazarus). She found the line real well. This is not an overly strong field and because she’s drawn well she would have to rate a good each-way chance in this race. My best chance on Friday.”
Posted: Thu 17 Dec 2015