Callenberg looks the standout chance for the stable at Rangiora today

Following a convincing win last time out in junior drivers company at Oamaru, Callenberg does look the hardest to be beat in his assignment today for the C2 pacers over the 1950m at Rangiora today.

Callenberg had been running consistent races prior to his last start success, but it was the dominant nature of that performance that suggests he should be going on with it, as he won by by three and a quarter lengths after sitting in the parked position over the last 1200m.

Today it is an in form John Dunn that combines with Callenberg and he will no doubt be looking to take full advantage of the good stand start manners that the horse possesses and dominate the race from up front. Outside of Callenberg, his biggest threat looks to be the Nigel McGrath trained Pepe Bromac.

The day's feature is the Amberley Cup to be run over the 2600m for a stake of $20,000. The stable are represented by both The Royal Garden and grass track specialist Cullect A Guinness. While it is Cullect A Guinness that is the class factor in the field alongside the favourite in Hug The Wind, John does have his concerns over the 40m handicap that his horse will need to overcome.

"Its a bloody big ask to be honest," said John. "Its not like over the 3200m where you have that bit of time to work your way into it. They just won't stop rolling, so it will be a massive effort to win the race."

John was leaning towards The Royal Garden to be driven by Dexter as the better hope for the stable given the handicaps.

"The Royal Garden has been running good races, but he's just had no luck at all. He can fly the stand too so if Dexter can get him away well he'll be right in it."

Coming off a weekend where he has driven nine winners, Dexter will bring a lot of confidence to all of his drives today.

The other runners for the stable today are Janices Cullen (Race 5), Quest For Fame (Race 7) and Kotare Kasai (Race 10).

Janices Cullen was an unlucky runner on the grass at Motukarara on 17 January and then broke last time out at Oamaru. She meets a field today in which she should be very competitive. Drawn one on the second line, she follows the likely favourite in Mac Toddy so should get a nice soft run on the markers. If she produces her best effort, she won't be far away.

Quest For Fame has only been fair in his racing to date, but it was a workout win during the week that had John showing some confidence.

"He's really picked up in terms of his work the last couple of weeks so I'm pretty happy with him."

While he is at good odds it would not surprise to see him at least run in the money.

The final runner for the day is Kotare Kasai. A really good winner on the first day at Nelson, over a subsequent winner in Ardent Lustre, Kotare Kasai broke losing her chance on the second day. The wide frontline draw may help here and she is not without a chance in what is an open race.

Posted: Mon 08 Feb 2016

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