Breeders Crown 4 year old pacers preview

12:23 PM 22 Aug 2014 NZST
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Bit Of A Legend - Huge chance even from bad draw Frith - Has to overcome tricky draw
Bit Of A Legend - Huge chance even from bad draw
Frith - Has to overcome tricky draw

Another one of Harnesslink's previews for the big day of harness racing at Melton on Sunday.

First up this time it is the turn of the 4 year old mares.

Breeders Crown 4 Year Old Mares Final

One mare stands head and shoulders above the rest here and that of course is the outstanding racemare Frith.

The winner of 28 races as well as 8 placings from just 37 starts, Frith has a major obstacle in her way to claim win number 29.

Frith has drawn one on the second row and is going to need divine intervention at some point in the race if she is to add another trophy to the cabinet.

The tactics here are all important but we feel Bruce Harpley may drop Frith back early to try to get away from the inside running line.

If Frith can get off the inner in the first lap then she is still the horse to beat but the draw has definitely brought her right back to the field.

Just as clearly second pick for us is the super consistent Im Smouldering who has only missed a placing four times in 42 starts.

She has the master Gavin Lang in the bike and the draw of five is perfect for her.

Im Smouldering will definitely work her way forward and has the all round game to win this race. 

After those two mares it becomes a very even contest but we always like to stick with the proven class performers and that's what we have done here.

Our Femme Fatale from barrier one is a major player but she will want to take a sit because if she leads she is a sitting duck for Frith.

Who she hands up to is the big question but Arma Express looks the logical choice.

The Western Australian Arma Express will definitely have a look for the lead from barrier three for her trainer /driver Donald Harper.

Arma Express has only had two runs back from a long spell so should have derived further improvement from her gutsy run in the heat last Sunday.

The other mare we like is Couageousnquick but her draw of six makes this a difficult ask for the talented mare.

Chris Alford in the bike is a big plus and she is a major player here with the run to suit.

SELECTIONS

Even from the draw we are still drawn back to Frith.

She is one hell of a racemare and with any kind of luck Frith will notch win number 29 on Sunday.

The danger for us is undoubtedly Im Smouldering who looks back to her best after her tough run for second to Frith last Sunday in the heat.

After that we think that Our Femme Fatale, Arma Express and Courageousnquick all have the talent to play a part in the finish.

First four players should add The Baggy Green and Cenosilocophobia to the mix as cover.

Breeders Crown 4 year Old Colts/Geldings Final

The old saying that form is temporary and class is permanent is apt in the case of the outstanding four year old Bit Of A Legend.

Sent to Perth in December last year for the Golden Nugget, the trip turned into a nightmare for  Bit Of A Legend and he returned to New Zealand with his tail between his legs.

Nursed back to full fitness by Cran Dalgety, Bit Of A Legend had his first start back from the Perth disaster at Melton last Sunday in a Breeders Crown heat.

Wide early and then parked there after, Bit Of A Legend just absolutely blew them away when Dexter Dunn asked him to run at the 400 meters mark.

He should take a huge amount of improvement out of his first run for over nine months and even from six on the second row Bit Of A Legend is first pick for us. 

The obvious danger is Chilli Palmer who has drawn at barrier five on the front line.

He likes to launch off a horses back and is not renowned for doing it tough but he does have a lightning sprint if held up for that one run.

Chilli Palmer will go back at the start and look for that slingshot run at them late in the piece.

The Tasmanian Pachacuti has really been in the zone lately but faces his stiffest test from four on the second line.

Still a major player and can rough it but the draw has hurt his winning prospects in our view..

The winner should come from those three runners we have previewed.

The next two after the leading trio are Marty Monkhouser and Lettucefib who could both run in three with a run to suit.

SELECTIONS 

Bit Of A Legend is shooting for his third Breeders Crown title on Sunday and we think he will bag number three.

A combination of a great horse, trainer and driver means Bit Of A Legend picks himself in our view.

Chilli Palmer is a clear second pick as he has beaten Guaranteed and Smoken Up this season so he has all the ability in the world.

The only negative is his racing style but as he has shown in the past he can overcome that.

Pachacuti has won ten of his last eleven and winning can become a habit.

His trainer Barrie Rattray is top class and Pachacuti will be primed to run the race of his life on Sunday.

Marty Monkhouser and Lettucefib are the next two runners we like while first four players should include Flaming Flutter and Lochinver as cover.

Harnesslink Media

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