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My Ayra to take on the "Boys"

02:46 PM 09 Jun 2015 NZST
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My Arya - To take on the boys in The Holmfield
My Arya - To take on the boys in The Holmfield
Outstanding harness racing youngster My Arya will face her toughest Australian assignment at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
 
Unbeaten from eight Aussie runs this season, My Arya will compete against the ‘boys’ in the time-honoured The Holmfield.
 
Along with a strong assembly, the Brent Lilley-trained trotter also has to contend with a second row draw.
 
Although disappointed with the three-year-old’s starting position, Lilley believes My Arya is “racing well enough to overcome it”.
 
“She is one off the back, but I would have preferred she drew one off the front,” Lilley said. “The draw makes it tough, and the field is pretty handy, but she is in top shape and form.
 
“There is no doubt she is racing well enough to overcome it, but she will need a bit of luck.”
 
Despite his confidence in the daughter of Angus Hall, Lilley concedes rising star Eljaykay Phoenix is the one to beat.
 
Last season’s premier freshman, Eljaykay Phoenix will begin from gate 10 for trainer David Aiken.
 
Boasting 12 wins from 16 starts, Eljaykay Phoenix missed a placing for the first time when fifth at fifth at Melton on May 19.
 
“Forget his last run, Eljaykay Phoenix is the one to beat,” Lilley said. “Although he also has the back row to overcome, he has the class to do it.”
 
Paul Courts
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