Bobs Buddy punters' friend at Wagga

10:16 PM 22 Jan 2008 NZDT
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All eyes will be on rejuvenated 8-Year-Old pacer, Bobs Buddy, at the Wagga meeting tonight (January 23) when he looks to go for three straight in race four at 8.10.

After winning first up in the Temora Cup the member of the exclusive $100,000 club demolished the open-classed pacers at Wagga last week when running home in 56.8 to beat star juvenile Cool Warrior by 19.5m.

This time Bobs Buddy has drawn seven, the only horse on the back line, with his contenders, in barrier order, being emerging 4yo Myrniong Vancealot, tough pacer Khan Ricciuto, the consistent Bridal Gift, the classy Braze Hanigan, the talented Alfeido and the speedy Cool Warrior.

Maggs, who is the man of the moment in recent times, having driven a treble last week at Wagga, has five drives this time around.

The first will come in race three when he partners last start winner Bring Home Money. Just as Bring Home Money chalked up Maggs' opening leg of the treble last week, the mare will be out do it again although she has the back row draw to contend with for the 1755m trip.

Young Brambi and Made In Australia both won two starts back and drawing two and three respectively will be a big help to that pair. Wheela Deala and Riverina Smile also both recorded victories two starts back and have drawn nicely in four and five correspondingly while Misty Devil is also a danger after her last start win, despite drawing badly in seven.

Also a last start winner and a leg of the treble is Bobs Buddy, his second drive, while the other leg was via a pacer he also trains, Marlos, who has drawn favourably in gate one in race five. The winner of two races faces a tougher assignment this time around, with back liners Specklefoot and Safe Response the main dangers in the 1755m sprint trip.

Another last start winner, yet again courtesy of a magnificent Cameron Maggs drive, Cheer Me will take her place in race six.

The 3-Year-Old mare will face stiff opposition from Moonee Valley Palm Cove Girl, who will be resuming for trainer Shaun Snudden, with Phillip Maguire to be in the sulky while other main dangers look to be through last start winner Sandreamer and the consistent Shreksdonkey.

In the last of five drives for Maggs and the seven races the winner looks to be Ray Walker-trained and driven Imapacificone.

On debut at his home track of Temora the 4yo finished a 3.5m second and although drawing six over 1755m he looks to have a stranglehold on the race while Maggs drive, Countyourselflucky, will be fitter after two runs back from a break and gate three will help. In an interesting side note a 7-Year-Old pacer will make his debut for trainer Athol White, namely Jamies Act, who has drawn in four.

Reverting back to the opening two races of the night and an intriguing race will take centre stage in the first. Claim And Conquer has been very solid for trainer-driver Stephen Maguire in recent placings as has Die By Knight and Hares Crossing while Big Black Machine, Miss Kaila and the resuming Villagestorm all have strong claims.

Race two is a very open affair, with all eight runners, showing enough ability to take this out. Simply on recent consistency Eyes Off gets the nod however an awkward draw of seven in the 1755m trip will make things tough from the outset.

Selections

Race 1: 8,4,5 Race 2: 7,2,8 Race 3: 2,3,8 Race 4: 7,5,4 Race 5: 8,9,1 Race 6: 9,10,8 Race 7: 6,3,4

Best Bet: #7 Bobs Buddy (race 4) Best Value: #3 Young Brambi (race 2) Best Each-way: #3 Countyourselflucky (race 7) Suggested Quaddie (Races 4,5,6,7): 7/1,2,3,5,6,8,9/8,9,10/6

Brendan Hay

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