"Trick" looks set to strike for Westview Super Seventeen

They have had a lot of fun to date, but today at Omakau, the Westview Super Seventeen sydicate are hoping for their first winner, in the shape of Tuapeka Trick. He has done a good job as a two and three year old, but from a perfect draw today, looks a good thing for his maiden win.

A full brother to the smart Western Australian pacer Galactic Star, Tuapeka Trick last started on Cup Day when running a battling 6th behind a smart one in Major Shard. He has had a feshen up since last racing and from a perfect draw of two over the 2000m in Race Five, does look set to dominate the race from the front. The main dangers are likely to be other Canterbury pacers in Direct Control and Kiwis Are Flying, but on the pace is where you need to be on this track, so there should be no excuses.

The only other stable runner today is Robbie Burns in the day's feature, the Cup over the 2600m. He will appreciate being back to the mobile today, after missing away last time in the Ashburton Cup. It is one of those tricky affairs though with just the six runners and the likely favourite Tiger Thompson drawn to lead from barrier two. Race tactics will be of great interest, but if he got any sort of luck, Robbie Burns is far from a forlorn chance.

John's other main chance as a driver today is with the top trotting mare Harriet Of Mot, which is in great form at present. From an inside draw on the second line, John has options with her, but may end up trailling the likely leader in Alderbeck, therefore securing the perfect run. She will be very hard to beat.

Posted: Tue 02 Jan 2018