Day At The Track

Taylor Mile is an open affair

04:30 PM 20 Apr 2016 NZST
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Field Marshal looks to overcome an awkward draw in this Fridays Taylor Mile
John Dunn hoping Little Rascal can upset them this week

This Fridays Taylor Mile is one of the most even fields you will see in a while.

Won by Mossdale Connor last year, other stars to win this sort after race include, Christen Me, Terror To Love, Changeover and Elsu.

While this year nobody really stands out above the others.

After the scratching of Say My Name this morning the Dunn barn have Robbie Burns and Little Rascal engaged.

Robbie Burns made an early mistake back on the 31st March, he lost close to 50m and was seen storming home behind Bettor Spirits in a quickly run affair.

“Robbie Burns was super last start, he’s a great chance from his draw, and there isn’t much between them both” said John Dunn

Little Rascal was another to make an early mistake last week and cost himself plenty of ground in a tidy field. They ran home in 55.2/27.4 off the front and he finished just in behind them after being 5L off them at the 400m.

“Little Rascal’s run last week was a lot better then the form line reads, he’s been going nice races and I wouldn’t rule him out of a top 4 placing with a handy trip” said Dunn.

Other Canterbury visitors Maverick (Nigel McGrath) and Field Marshal (Tim Butt) look strong chances.

Maverick has been a revelation since joining Nigel McGrath’s barn; Owned by A J McGrath and breeders Ken and Anne Marie Spicer, this season Maverick has won 6 from 16, including 5 seconds.

"Maverick has travelled up well, his bloods weren't right a while ago and we missed a trial so I’d expect him to improve on this weeks run. The 2700m is more his go" said McGrath.

The Tim Butt trained and likely favourite Field Marshal, will look to continue his picket fence line after beating Locharburn last start.

Drawn awkwardly on the second line, driver Dexter Dunn will have to at his very best to get the Art Major entire over the line in first place.

Hug The Wind (Barry Purdon) and Bettor Spirits (Mike Berger) look the best of the Northerners chances, both have been in super form recently but have tough barriers to work from.

While Prince Of Pops (Garlick/Telfer) and Risk (Andrew & Lyn Neal) have drawn perfectly in barriers 1 and 2 respectively.

Australian My Kiwi Mate arrives on a flight late this week looking to qualify for the Harness Jewels. With Tact Tate likely to receive the Harness Jewels invite, trainer Craig Demmler will be hoping to qualify his runner through the Taylor Mile and Messenger

Andrew Fitzgerald

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