Day At The Track

Horses to look out for at Forbury Park 25th May 2016

11:08 PM 25 May 2016 NZST
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Dexter Dunn and Cran Dalgety

Two big harness racing stables venture to Forbury Park tonight, each with a debut runner.

The Barron/Orange team combine with 3yo Grinfromeartoear filly Sweet Alice, while she hasn’t been spectacular at the trials and workouts; her owners the Prospero No 1 Syndicate have been on fire lately. She draws a handy barrier in 4 and you would expect Orange to have her racing handy. Opened $3.50 FF

Her main danger looks to be Baileys Rock for West Melton trainer Cran Dalgety. The 2yo Bettor’s Delight gelding won a trial at Addington on Monday and with the aid of Dexter Dunn he was opened at $1.95 FF by the NZ TAB.

Suggested bet: Quinella 4 & 8

Race 3 becomes just a field of 7 with a few scratchings.

Jerry Fitz (Opened $2.00 FF) has the form on the board and has drawn well in barrier 2. He has high gate speed and you would expect him to be out front, rolling over the 2200m trip for Matthew Williamson.

It feels like the sort of race that the old boy Motu Speedy Star (Opened $9.50 FF) could pop up in. He’s on the verge of turning 12, but has put in some handy efforts lately.

While Eja Patron ($5.50 FF) trials well but hasn’t been able to bring that form to the race track. If the real Eja Patron turned up it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the winners circle (It would certainly make this reporter a happy man!)

Suggest bet: Trifecta – 2/3,6/3,4,6

Race6 throws up an even junior driver’s field but I think there is one worth having a decent crack at.

Shards Halo ($6.50FF) was massive in defeat last start; she had no luck being 3 wide for most of the race but she never gave up the fight. Williamson sticks with her which is a good sign and even from a tricky back row draw she looks a great bet.

Suggest bet: Shards Halo – Win

Spirit Of Chronos shouldn’t be paying $21 FF, he galloped late last week when he had the race all but won. He’s tough to run down in front and that is where I expect Kim Butt to have the 9yo Western Terror gelding. Butt would have had the choice between him and the stablemate. Her staying on his guy has to be a push for punters.

Beyond Belief ($2.10) looks the horse for quinella punters; the 4yo mare has been in great form and gets another nice draw to work with.

Suggest bet: Quinella 2 & 5


Andrew Fitzgerald

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