Day At The Track

Milestone looms for Ray Green

09:01 AM 10 Feb 2017 NZDT
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Auckland trainer Ray Green

Ray Green’s Pukekohe stable has four talented 2-year-olds lining up in $25,000 Young Guns heats at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday), but he believed Northview Hustler (R4) and Alta Intrigue (R8) were his best winning chances.

Fresh from a stint in Singapore, the Pukekohe trainer reckons he has a couple of winning prospects at ‘The Park’ tonight, but thought Northview Hustler’s trials form and Alta Intrigue’s consistency gave them the edge over the others.

Stable junior, Andrew Drake, who turned 21 yesterday (Thursday), rated Spring Campaign as his best drive of the night.

“I would be all over Sea Of Gold if it wasn't for the draw. She is a lovely filly, but from seven I will be going back and then having to go forward again, and that just might be a bit tough for her.

“Spring Campaign is a lovely horse drawn two and he might have enough gate speed to hold the front and that’s where he likes to be. He’s tough horse,” Drake said.

Green currently sits on 198 training success. Here’s what the man from Lincoln Farms had to say about his seven chances:

Race 2: Recco Lover (3) – "He’s a nice horse who is scratched due to a bruised heel."

Race 2: Royal Gamble (4) David Butcher – "He’s a good little horse and I think he will just keep on improving. He reminds me a lot of Beaudiene Boaz, who was the same early on and then developed into a nice pacer. They have similar traits. He’s got better and better and I like him in this.”

Race 4: Northview Hustler (4) – David Butcher - "This colt has been trialling real well and I like his chances a lot from the kind draw. He won real well on debut and won’t be far away this time either.”

Race 5: Alta Shangri La (3) – David Butcher – "She is a nice filly who has the edge over her stablemate in this race simply because she has the better draw. We have kept a low profile with her. She is a half-sister to Alta Intrigue and can go close if things go right for her.”

Race 5: Sea Of Gold (7) - Andrew Drake (j) - "This filly also has quite a bit of talent but she is drawn out a bit and will need a nice trip to get some of it. She won a trial and beat some nice fillies in doing so. If she does get luck in the running she won’t be far away either.”

Race 6: Naya (1) – David Butcher - "She is a little bit green still, but has ability, She’s drawn to lead and if she does that it will suit her racing style down to the ground. She’s drawn to get some of it.”

Race 8: Spring Campaign (2) Andrew Drake (j) – "He goes very well and has run two nice seconds at Cambridge and Alexandra Park behind some nice horses. He has a better draw this time around and won’t be far away. I think Andrew will give the colt every possible winning chance in this.”

Race 8: Alta Intrigue (4) Zac Butcher - Another 3-year-old colt who was only just beaten last start and before that was runner-up in the Waikato Guineas behind the talented Mark Purdon runner (More The Batter). This appears to be a bit easier, and even though they are all nice horses, I rate this fella as one of our better winning prospects on Friday.”

Duane Ranger

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