Day At The Track

All The Torque can surprise, says Hawkins

02:23 AM 08 Apr 2016 NZST
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Kristian Hawkins hopes to be back in the Winner's circle on Friday night.
Kristian Hawkins hopes to be back in the Winner's circle on Friday night.

Six-year-old All The Torque has been unplaced at his past six starts, but part-owner, trainer and driver Kristian Hawkins gives the West Australian-bred gelding a good chance of winning the $18,000 Chill Factor Pace over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“His numerical form is terrible, but if you have watched the replays you would’ve seen that he’s had no luck at all,” Hawkins said.

All The Torque, a veteran of 90 starts for 11 wins, is favourably drawn at barrier two on the front line and Hawkins plans to make an all-out bid to set the pace. Drawn on his inside is Black Mr Mach, who has a losing sequence of 23.

“The It Is I gelding has had no luck at all lately and has been desperately unlucky,” Hawkins said. “If he crosses Black Mr Mach he’ll go close. For me there is no alternative but to lead. So I’ll be coming out all guns blazing and if he gets to the front I won’t be handing up. The 2536m will suit him.”   

Denny Crane, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, is the likely favourite. He has had 31 starts for 12 wins and ten placings, but he must overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside (No. 9) on the front line.

At his most recent start, on March 11, he was restrained from the outside barrier and settled down in last position before he dashed forward in the middle stages to race in the breeze. But he faded badly to finish a distant ninth behind Sir Tosti Mach.

Our Big Slow is racing keenly for trainer-reinsman Robbie Williams, but is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier eight. He drew out wide and sustained a spirited finishing burst to win narrowly over 2130m two starts ago and then took full advantage of the No. 1 barrier by leading and winning convincingly over 2190m at Northam at his latest appearance.

The Katja Warwick-trained Tommy Be Good also will have admirers from the outside of the back line. A smart winner three starts ago, he covered extra ground when an encouraging fourth behind Guns With Cows last Friday night.

by Ken Casellas

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