Day At The Track

The Last Word – August Cup Night

08:41 PM 13 Aug 2020 NZST
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Chicago Bull,Harness racing
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It’s a bumper night of racing at Gloucester Park tomorrow night with 10 events and a host of stars engaged on the card. The August Cup is the feature event won by Vampiro last year, pictured above.

1. Aiden De Campo (Whoswhointhezoo): “Racing really well. Career best form. Drawn to lead and this is his chance to pick up a city win.”
2. Greg Bond (Captain Kirk): “Held up last week. Expect him to be very competitive in this race. Got good gate speed. If we find the front we would hold it.”
3. Ross Olivieri (The Last Parisian): “In good form. If he gets the right run he should play a part.”
4. Matt Scott (Carramar Philemon): “Needs the pegs. He will find it tough.”
5. Gary Hall Jnr (The Verandah): “Struggling for draw. Not racing badly. Place chance.”
7. Dylan Egerton-Green (Thejewelinhereye): “Better drawn for one run. She will be driven to her usual racing pattern.”
8. Ross Olivieri (Diamond Life): “Race hard mare had the drop on him last start. On the improve but will be hard to win. Can run a nice race.”
10. Aldo Cortopassi (Art Tutor): “Good draw but it probably won’t suit him. Needs a genuinely run race.”
11. Kyle Harper (El Sunami): “Draw suits. Last run was solid. Place claims with luck.”

1. Brett Smith (Burning Rubber): “I couldn’t be happier with the horse and his lead up to Friday night. He races best in the lead so we will be looking to take advantage of that.”
2. Emily Suvaljko (Jack William): “Finds a better draw this week and am looking to drive him positively. He’s a horse that’s more tough than speedy. Will look for a forward position and expect him to run a good race.”
3. Matt Scott (Twentynine Twelve): “Try get to the pegs. Racing well.”
4. Shannon Suvaljko (A Boy Named Rosie): “Racing well. Always a chance with luck in running.”
6. Stuart McDonald (Tuas Delight): “Will find it hard from the draw.”
8. Nathan Turvey (Carter Micheal): “He must have upset the handicapper.”
9. Gary Hall Jnr (Robbie Easton): “Can be thereabouts. Good enough to be put in it in this class. Good each way.”
11. Jocelyn Young (Pierre Whitby): “Great draw for him to be close enough. Each-way.”
12. Kyle Harper (Parisian Partygirl): “Always dangerous late. Place chances from the draw.”


1. Aiden De Campo (Happy As): “Nice draw. Good last start. Up in class.”
2. Ross Olivieri (Madame Meilland): “Thought we could cross. Will tell Mitch to not take no for an answer. Racing well and gets her chance.”
3. Jocelyn Young (Bad Round): “Racing well. Should be in the mix if the race is run truly.”
4. Emily Suvaljko (Talkerup): “Finds a better draw this week in a weaker race. Will be look to go forward off the arm and find a position.”
5. Matt Scott (Qtown Rip Roaring): “Going well. Right race, wrong draw. Can win if it’s run upside down.”
6. Matt Scott (Clarenden Hustler): “Needs luck. Racing well.”
7. Kyle Harper (Black Jack Zac): “Racing well. Drawn awkward but better held up for one run. Needs some luck but not impossible.”
9. Ross Olivieri (Space Junk): “Last run was good. Draw hurts. If they go crazy up front he will be in it.”
10. Gary Hall Jnr (Extreme Prince): “Winnable race with luck from the draw. Hope he’s only three back.”

1. Stuart McDonald (Fake News): “Good place chance depending on early speed.”
2. Michael Grantham (Golden State): “The one gets out quick. Will jump behind her.”
3. Matt Scott (Rock Me Over): “No luck last week. Each-way.”
4. Matt Scott (Always Arjay): “Went good first-up. Needs another run. Be on him in a couple of weeks.”
5. Greg Bond (Our Alfie Romeo):”Really good last week. Good each-way chance.”
6. Aiden De Campo (Baylan Jett): “Probably go back from the draw. Even race.”
7. Emily Suvaljko (Anime): “Quality field this week. Have to find the pegs and take shortcuts.”
9. Gary Hall Jnr (While They Pray): “We will drive him the same way. We will make sure the race is run honestly.”

1. Gary Hall Jnr (Chicago Bull): “Wouldn’t think he could be beaten. Stranger things have happened though.”
2. Dylan Egerton-Green (Bletchley Park): “Went really well last week. Ended up probably making the wrong call to hand up to Convert Denario. We should get the run behind him and run a strong second.”
3. Aiden De Campo (Handsandwheels): “Hard to beat Bull. Hope he runs a good race and go on from there.”
4. Greg Bond (Galactic Star): “All running for second and third I think. Hope he finds the line and he can train on from there.”
5. Aldo Cortopassi (Convert Denario): “Going really well. Tricky draw. Hopefully we can settle him early.”
7. Kyle Harper (Son Of A Tiger): “Steps up to FFA. Looks hard from out there. Be a good test for Son Of A Tiger to see how he handles the rise in grade.”
8. Stuart McDonald (Ideal Liner): “Needs luck to figure in the places.”

1. Greg Bond (Starlight Destiny): “Plan is to hold up early and go from there. Stronger race than last week. Going close to career best form. Top three or four.”
2. Ross Olivieri (Queen Shenandoah): “The one will want to be quick out because Queen Shenandoah is pretty quick.”
3. Aiden De Campo (Delightfulreaction): “Had a freshen-up. Working well. Is a tricky draw but she will run a good race.”
4. Gary Hall Jnr (Blissfulabbey): “Can’t get a decent draw. We might have to do a bit off the gate to get a good spot. Luck will go a long way.”
5. Ross Olivieri (Just Makemine Diamonds): “Needed the run. Like Space Junk, if they go crazy up front she can be a place chance.”
6. Jocelyn Young (Pamy June): “Awkward draw. Take short cuts.”
7. Michael Grantham (Countess Grace): “Tricky from the draw.”
8. Maddison Brown (Millwood Gucci): “Going better with a sit. Will see how she feels and get in if we can.”
9. Emily Suvaljko (Bettorgrinanbarit): “Draws the car park in a nice mares race. Would say she’d be driven to the pace of the race.”
12. Dylan Egerton-Green (Nowuseemesmile): “Go to the fence again. Racing well.”

1. Aiden De Campo (Ultimate Offer): “Haven’t driven him before. Gets out well enough. Will do our best to hold up.”
2. Ross Olivieri (Stroke Of Luck): “I thought the one was best when he wasn’t used out of the gate. My horse can lead, breeze or sit. He’s well placed.”
3. Stuart McDonald (Our Rhythm N Blues): “Place chance as he should be close enough.”
4. Greg Bond (Courage Tells): “Hopefully he can run top four or five.”
5. Michael Grantham (Crocodile Kid): “Awkward draw. Look to run on.”
7. Jocelyn Young (Mister Ardee): “Needs a genuine tempo. Awkward draw. Look for him in the coming weeks.”
10. Gary Hall Jnr (Mister Bushido): “Decent place chance. Could run third behind the one or two.”

1. Emily Suvaljko (Rockin The Trend): “Gets the ideal draw and will be taking full advantage of it.”
3. Michael Grantham (Miss Lamarr): “This is my winner. Won Monday. Relishes the back up. Will be outside the leader or one-one if she doesn’t lead.”
4. Greg Bond (Intheskyrocket): “Expect her to be competitive. Hasn’t raced for a little bit. She’s forward. If she gets a good trip she’ll be competitive.”
5. Stuart McDonald (Red Hot Lady): “Up in grade. Needs luck.”
7. Aiden De Campo (Some Copper Beach): “Talented filly who isn’t showing it. Wait until she finds form.”
8. Shannon Suvaljko (Askmeilltellya): “Nice filly. Nice win last start. Can be put into the race. Good chance.”
9. Gary Hall Jnr (Miss Serena): “Needs a Bradbury situation.”
10. Dylan Egerton-Green (Star In Art): “Hope luck goes her way. Handy draw.”
11. Jocelyn Young (Blockjorg): “Nice soft draw. Will settle close enough and is more than capable. Each-way.”


1. Jocelyn Young (Bracken Sky): “Eye catching last week. Should be in the finish.”
3. Greg Bond (Patronus Star): “Like to think he will find the front. Trained on well. He will run this week then there’s a $50,000 race next week.”
4. Maddison Brown (Lightning Jolt): “We will head for the rail.”
6. Ross Olivieri (Gee Jay Kay): “Had the illness cloud. Will run a nice race. Will leave it up to Corey.”
8. Emily Suvaljko (Arma Indie): “She’s got a really nice turn of foot. Will be driving her cold early and using her speed to our advantage.”

1. Ross Olivieri (Kiwi Bloke): “Needed the run. Was a nice run last start because it wasn’t too hard. Up against a good one here in Wildwest. Could be interesting because he gets away well.”
4. Matt Scott (C C Chevron): “Had a foal and then came back. She will need a run.”
5. Shannon Suvaljko (Atmospherical): “Suited to stands. Can run into the money with luck in running.”
6. Michael Grantham (Bob Wheel): “Get to the breeze and stay there.”
7. Gary Hall Jnr (Wildwest): “Had problems with him. Can win because he’s good. First time in a stand for us. Be careful of the short price.”
8. Emily Suvaljko (Bettor Party): “Super run last week. Distance will suit. Will drive him cold early and look to see what kind of track up we can get.”


Tim Walker

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