Day At The Track

Border Control the class horse at Banks Peninsula

03:56 PM 27 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Border Control
Border Control

Without stating the obvious Border Control is the marquee horse of the big day out at Motukarara  on Sunday where thousands pack the country race track.

Traditionally the day is a scorcher and its bumper to bumper for the cars from Tai Tapu to the track  as Christchurch moves to the country. The only downside is the inclement weather that is predicted. Let’s hope for the committee and punters that the day is fine and also for the horses racing on the grass that it doesn’t become too testing.

As mentioned Border Control lines up the Avon City Ford Xmas Cup with a stake of $12,000 for the two to four win pacers. Just so you get a clear picture Border Control has won 15 of his 25 starts and in the process bank rolled $405,000 in stakes.

He won his last start he had in New Zealand  winning at the Jewels rating a record breaking 1.50.6 for the mile.

He had his last public outing at the Ashburton trials on the 10th of December winning by a margin of 17 ½ lengths running home in 55.5 seconds.

Now what about the grass? Well I don’t think Mark Purdon would have nominated him had he thought that to be a an issue. The wet grass is a different thing but he will have to go through it like his opposition will have to as well.

Like all races anything can happen but on the balance of probabilities with no bog track Border Control will be winning.
The best of the opposition looks to be Dunn and Dalgety runners Robyns Raider and Mac Bubbles both who are in good form and get 20 metres on Border Control.
The bolter in the feature could be The Brigadier. He has a good strike rate having won three from seven and Nigel McGrath has them ready in a fresh state.
Of the other races on the card look to first starter Blingiton to go close to winning. He is a full brother to Aslan who beat Ultimate Major and Magic Oates when winning his qualifying trial at Addington.
Justin Le Lievre
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