Day At The Track

Harnesslink's Banks 'Peninsula Pointers'

03:42 PM 12 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Racing at Banks Peninsula's Motukarara Raceway

On a day of even racing with very few standouts, it may be hard to make a dollar at the twilight meeting at Motukarara on Friday.

But, in saying that, I am confident I can at least steer you in the right direction.

My bet of the day comes in the third race on the card in the form of Don’t Call Me Su, who has been luckless in her last two outings, finishing in second and third respectively.

If she can replicate either one of those performances she should prove too strong for what is just an average maiden line-up.

She also has reasonably good gate speed, which should aid her chances from her handy four barrier draw.

If taking Trifectas and First4s in the race, be sure to include Red Under Fire, Tilly Bromac, Amelia Pond, Expressive Art, and Justasip, who could start at bolters odds.

Consistent trotter Spell, who will compete in the sixth race on the eleven race card, is another who stands out for me.

“Although she has been finishing close up in her last few starts Sam (Ottley –driver) hasn’t been able to let her go as she hasn’t been trotting quite right,”

said co-trainer Peter Jones. “But we have changed her shoes since then and she seems to be trotting a lot better now,” he added.

“I think she will be very hard to beat,” confirmed Jones.

The handicapping special for the day at Motukarara is without a doubt four-
win mare Magna, who has competed competitively against the likes of Saveapatrol, Mashika, and Helena Jet in her last three starts.

This C1-2 fillies and mares race looks far more up her alley, and quite frankly I think she is simply better than the majority of her opposition - A great each- way prospect in the tenth race on the card.

My final ‘Peninsula pointer’ is Blytheburn in the last race on the card, otherwise referred to as the ‘Get-out Stakes.’

He was very good when winning his first start for Peter & Leonne Jones in a mile rate of 1-59.4 on the grass at Geraldine and has the ace draw to work with this week.

“I think he has gone on since his first win for us so I am expecting further improvement,” said Peter Jones. “If he brings his ‘A’ game he can definitely handle the rise in grade and be very competitive.

Others who are worth including in multiples in the last event of the day are Chattanoogachoochoo, Comenche, and, Nota Lada.

By Mitchell Robertson

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