Day At The Track

Bedtime is ready to put them to sleep Friday

06:49 AM 26 Jun 2013 NZST
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It's somewhat of a finals night at Forbury Park on Friday, with finals to be run for the Golden Girls and the Claimers.

The same horses have been racing each other week in and week out during the heats of these series, so it would be stupid not to expect those who have been dominant in the heats to also dominate the finals.

But, hey, if you don't want to take my word for it, take Albert Einstein's ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.'

The first of the Southern Golden Girl Series Finals is for the 1-3 win mares, and there have been some clear standouts when it comes to the heats of this final.

Both Arma Courage and Roxy Rocket have had two heat wins, while Ideal Tact has strung together a few placings, without receiving a lot of luck. The other one that needs to be mentioned is Knapdale Lady; she finished second in a heat three starts back, and was seen doing her best work late last start when fourth.

I would be shell shocked if the winner didn't come from those four, but if I had to opt for one, it would definitely be Roxy Rocket, who would have actually had three heat wins next to her name had she not been relegated two starts back.

The next to be run is the Mosgiel Motor Court Claimers Championship Final, and if Montecrengle can replicate last start performance he will be winning.

Others who have strong heat form and pose as serious threats are Hi Gun, Cullens Finest and Mullingar Mac, who interestingly comes off the unruly for the first time in 15 starts.

Concluding the Forbury Park finals is the 2-7 win Southern Golden Girls Series Final, and as far as heat form goes, there is only one name you need to remember - Bedtime.

She has been in scintillating form since joining the barn of Andrew Armour, winning five of her last six starts, and looks an absolute nightmare for her opposition to try to overcome.

To me she looks an absolute moral, but does her extremely inform Invercargill based trainer agree?

"She has been absolutely flying lately, said Andrew ‘Archie' Armour."It's been really nice to have a horse like her in the stable," he added.

When asked what he believes has caused Bedtime to improve so much, Armour said he couldn't put it down to just one thing.

"I really don't know what has made all the difference, my partner rides her twice a week, and she seems to really enjoy that," said the former apprentice jockey.

"They only thing I can put it down to is the change of scenery. Before we had her, she had been with David & Catherine Butt since she was a foal."

Armour isn't currently driving as he broke his wrist about a fortnight ago, so he has put Bedtime's co-owner and Highlanders Rugby Player, Matt Saunders, in charge of putting the final touches of the five-year-old daughter of Artsplace.

"Matt has been training her under my instructions, and he has been really happy with her."

"Being a small field it is likely to be quite a tactical affair, but we have the right man for the job in Dexter Dunn."

"I expect her to be tough to beat, although Shezaball will be hard to roll. She has drawn one inside us, and is quite a nice mare," Armour concluded.

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

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