Still plenty of interest in premiership race
While the abandonement of the second day of Marlborough on Sunday did hurt, especially with so many good chances on the day, the reality is that a good weekend results wise and it could still be game on.
Tomorrow night's Addington meet could hold the key to the whole weekend and looks to start things off on a good note with the resumption of three year old Freedom Fighter in Race Three. A very good second on debut at Addington, Freedom Fighter was then put aside and given time to develop. He appears to have come back in fine fettle based on an impressive victory at the Ashburton trials a fortnight ago where he came home his last 800m in 55.3 and his last 400m in 25.9. He followed this up with another nice run at last week's Rangiora workouts. He is drawn nicely enough and as an early $1.20 favourite on the fixed odds is simply expected to be too good.
Another runner that will start at cramped odds is Franco Cristiano in Race Seven. A class act he was ultra impressive last week up at Blenheim and everything suggests that he has come through his resumption well. Awkwardky drawn in barrier nine, he will need to be near his best on the night, with a couple of nice types in the field including the Purdon and Rasmussen trained G I Joe.
The other obvious winning hope on the night looks to be Letspendanitetogetha in Race Nine. In great form he lobs a great draw and John is sure to take full advantage of this, especially with his biggest threat in the race On The Rantan drawn awkwardly on the second line.
Other runners engaged tomorrow night at Kotare Kasai in Race Five that looks a place hope only from the difficult second line barrier, while Returntorocknroll does appear a great eachway hope in Race Ten, providong she steps well.
Onto Friday night and their are runners engaged in the south at Forbury and the north at Alexandra Park.
Down at Forbury, Haydens Meddle would be a good eachway hope in the first. He had little hope after a difficult trip last week. This followed a good second at Nelson at his previous start. Another great eachway chance would be Graduate Under Fire in Race Seven. This seven year old is so honest and it would be no surprise to see him deliver up win 11 of his career.
The two best winning chances come later in the night in the shape of Donegal Jimmy Dave in Race Nine and Pembrook Harry in Race Ten. Both horses ran top races for second last week and with Dexter to assist, can both go one better this week.
Other runners on the night are Feel Real, Mr Meddle, Vanhalem and Superior Desire. Place prospects are probably best for these runners.
Meanwhile in the north, Robert will front up with four runners at Alexandra Park. While he faces a big step up in company, Bevan's Cullen in Race Five does rate a winning chance, while Natural - Race Three, Formula One - Race Four and Cherry Bay - Race Six all have eachway chances.
The final runners for the weekend will front up at Timaru on Sunday. Yukon Cloud in Race Three is a rough eachway hope, while Katgostyle - Race Seven and Highview Freddy - Race Eight are definitely eachway hopes with any luck.
Posted: Wed 29 Jun 2016