Kerr has strong team set for Forbury

03:04 PM 02 Jul 2014 NZST
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Alta Jerome - will take some beating in the eighth race at Forbury Park.

Capable American Ideal three-year-old Whozideawasthis looks set to maintain his perfect record at Forbury Park on Thursday night.

Trained by Paul Kerr in Ohoka, Whozideawasthis has been to Dunedin’s Forbury Park on three occasions for three wins, the latest being last week where he was an easy 2 and ¼ length winner in what was his first run since mid - November.

“He has come back a lot stronger this time and I expect him to be very hard to beat again on Thursday,” said Mitchell Kerr.

“It doesn’t look an overly strong field on paper and he is generally pretty good from a standing start,” he added.

Whozideawasthis, who will once again be driven by the country’s leading reinsman in Dexter Dunn, will be at short odds in race four on Thursday night and, although he should win, King Louie is capable of testing him.

Rated by Jonny Cox as one of his best drives of the weekend, King Louie was herculean when recovering to finish in third after making an early break in his last start and looks one half of the Quinella.

Whozideawasthis is just one of three very good chances that the father-son duo of Paul and Mitchell Kerr will line up on Thursday.

The first of them is two-year-old filly Princess Art, who was very impressive at the recent Ashburton trials, brushing home in 27.2 to win easily.

“She is a pretty nice filly, who will take some beating over 1700 metres from the ace,” enthused Kerr. “She got out of the gate good at the trials, so there is no reason she shouldn’t be able to lead from the draw,” he added

Princess Arts is an impeccably bred filly by Art Major out of smart Badlands Hanover mare Natal Franco.

Rounding out Kerrs’ three-pronged Forbury Park attack is Alta Jerome, who was desperately unlucky when finishing second on this track at his last start.

“We were in the trail behind Speight’s Girl and I thought it would be the perfect place to be but there must have been something wrong with her as she stopped badly down the back straight and dragged us right back to last,” explained Kerr.  “It was a great effort to recover and finish a strong second,” said Kerr.

Kerr said the race looks a two horse war between Alta Jerome and Goodness Gracious Me, who was super at the recent Motukarara workouts pacing 2:42.2 for the 2200 metre journey.

“The 2700 metres should really suit him so hopefully he will be able to outstay her,” he concluded.

By Mitchell Robertson

 

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