Trainer Mark Jones believes tonight’s Auckland Cup could be too soon for Saveapatrol --- but it definitely won’t be too fast.
One of the new kids on the open class block, Saveapatrol has drawn the ace in tonight’s thriller, which would be perfect if Adore Me was the likely leader from barrier two.
“But I don’t think anybody expects that,” shrugs Jones.
“I can see both Fly Like An Eagle and Mah Sish crossing us at the start and then him having to sit three back on the markers.
“That is not a bad place to be in a hard run race, which I think it will be, but a lot will depend on when he gets out and where the favourites are.
“But I hope Mah Sish gets out and runs them along because this horse can follow any speed.”
Jones admits though that the four-year-old may still be a year away from being a Cup winner.
“He is a really good horse and can win a Cup, but I think he will need everything to go right to win this Cup.”
Which means the $5.50 offered about him in opening markets is unders.
Jones will also bring his stable trotting star Master Lavros to Alexandra Park tonight after he devastated his trainer by galloping at the start of his A$200,000 race at Menangle on Sunday.
“I left the track gutted because I think he could have won.”
Master Lavros meets young gun Prime Power tonight but while the pair are both off 30m, Master Lavros is likely to have a clearer path ahead of him at the start because all the horses off the 10m mark are unruly, so will have to stand wide on the track.
With no rivals off 20m, if Master Lavros makes a good beginning he could be a lot handier than his handicap suggests and then Prime Power will have a race on his hooves.
By Michael Guerin (Harness Racing New Zealand)