Day At The Track

Grass track racing back for the season

09:56 AM 18 Sep 2016 NZST
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With the return of grass track racing for the new season at Methven today comes the return of some new challenges for trainers, drivers and punters alike - for many though, they wouldn’t have it any other way,

Big fields, even racing and big divvies - the return of punting graveyards like Methven and Motukarara - the grass surface brings everything to life. Some call it good, others battle with the prospect.

Today’s Methven meeting should be no different - with some big fields and some highly competitive racing.

And finding those winners isn’t an easy task.

Certain stables tend to excel, Greg and Nina Hope and Robert Dunn both have grand greentop records and they quickly become punters’ best friends as the season rolls through.

One of those stables has stronger representation than the other today with the Hope team loading a strong team onto the float to trek the hour and a bit down the road.

In form pacers like Dalness Mac and Burn Off give them leading chances at success while others; Robert De Niro, Ella Abbe and Precious Sara all performed very well at the workouts on the course last weekend.

Trial and workout form from the Methven track is regarded by many punters as some of the best in the country.

And nothing is expected to change in the future - especially today.

Leading the standout performers from last Saturday’s workouts is the Brendon Hill trained Rummage who looked right at home on the grass track surface - winning impressively after an early gallop.

“That’s the concern,” Hill said of the gallop.

“Everything after that was pretty good though, he looks pretty good on the grass.”

Methven Trotting Club president, Ricky May, takes the reins on the pacer in what is the biggest field of the day.

A few noted grass track performers will line up against him with Marshal Star, Maybe Flyin and Boomer Bailey among plenty of others holding strong records on the grass.

Others to perform strongly and win at last weekend’s workouts on the track were; Rusty I Am, Rozzano, Maw Of A Woman, Ammisaduqa and Cocktail Waiter.

Super Selector - By Matt Markham

Race 1: 4 Lucy Diamond, 2 Miss Medley, 7 Robert De Niro, 10 Gypsy’s Choice

Race 2: 12 Rusty I Am, 8 Just A Dude, 9 Holly Trouble, 14 Shona Mary

Race 3: 10 Maw Of A Woman, 2 Elite Excuse, 6 Precious Sara, 5 Supreme Blue Chip

Race 4: 2 Ammisaduqa, 5 Pegasus Merrily, 1 Man Of Change, 11 Homeforlife

Race 5: 5 Redwood Invasion, 10 All Settled Down, 11 Shadow Galleon, 9 Dream Big

Race 6: 1 Curlimore, 5 Forgotten Highway, 2 Rocknroll Delight, 11 Clasina Maria

Race 7: 4 Omar Sharif, 3 Illegal Immigrant, 8 Allison Stokke, 6 Dalness Mac

Race 8: 8 Rummage, 10 Marshal Star, 12 Burn Off, 5 Regency Franco

Race 9: 12 Royal Shine, 9 Solar Storm, 11 Stylish Duke, 5 Pretorius

Race 10: 4 Fulham Royale, 5 Leading The Way, 8 Happily Ever Laughter, 7 Automatic


Best Bet: Rummage (Race 8)

Value: Fulham Royale (Race 4)

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