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Four quality drives await junior reinswoman Kerryn Tomlinson at Wingatui on Monday. Bookmakers are backing Tomlinson to enjoy a good afternoon at Forbury Park’s dual-code meeting, rating each of her four drives either first or second favourite. Olive Cook heads Tomlinson’s handy book following her solid fresh up second at Addington last week. The Peter and Mitchell Robertson trained mare looks to get a royal chance to strike winning form in race 5. “We were really happy with her at Addington,” Tomlinson said. “She was fresh up and she should be a little bit fitter this time.” “And the race on Monday looks a little bit easier, so she should be a good chance.” Olive Cook opened the $3.10 favourite for race 5 on the back of her second to Immer Besser last Thursday. Lincoln Moment, to be driven by Tomlinson’s sister Sheree, looks the main threat to Olive Cook. The Shane Matheson trained pacer struggled in his last start on a wet Oamaru track but should be back on firmer ground on Monday. Lincoln Moment has been rated the $4.80 second-favourite by bookmakers. Tomlinson also combines with Sundons Flyer in race 4. The Bruce Negus trained mare free-falls back in class considering she raced Dark Horse in free-for-all company two starts ago. If she brings her A-game the eight-year-old should offer plenty. “She hasn’t been going as well as she can but if she was on her game she would be a good chance,” Tomlinson said. “She likes grass and she is best driven with a sit so hopefully she can get a nice run somewhere.” “It’s a long straight at Wingatui so hopefully she is running home over top of them.” Sundons Flyer opened at $5 odds in fixed odds betting before being backed into $4.60. Top Pocket Chance was rated the $4 favourite for race 4 on market opening. Tomlinson combines with the consistent Summars in race 2. It will not be easy for the Ross Wilson trained mare to take on race winners as a maidener, but her form means she deserves good respect. “It is never easy being a maiden taking on those horses that have won races,” Tomlinson said. “But she is very consistent, she looks like she will need the right run and if she gets it she should be a good chance.” Summars was rated the $5.50 equal second favourite with Whangamata on fixed-odds market opening. Deborah’s Gem, who trialled well at Oamaru last week, was rated the $5 favourite. Tomlinson also drives Olive Cook’s stablemate Itz The Con Artist in race 3. The pacer worked too hard in his first-up effort when seventh at Addington last week. From barrier 1 the four-year-old should get a much more economical trip on Monday. “She just got caught a bit wide and had to do too much work at Addington,” Tomlinson said. “From [barrier] 1 she should get a nice run.” Itz The Con Artist opened at a $3.40 fixed odds win price, behind the $3.20 favourite for race 3, Arizona Doll. View the fields for Wingatui click here!   by Jonny Turner

By Jonny Turner    Kerryn Tomlinson hopes she can be the factor that gets Shards Fury a deserved win at Forbury Park on Wednesday. The five-year-old has been very consistent since joining Brad Williamson’s barn but so far has not been able to break through. Tomlinson has recently been at the helm of the Oamaru stable since Williamson left Australia to drive Majestic Man in his upcoming assignments. And she is enjoying the challenge. “It's great, I have got Mitch Robertson here helping work the team and I get to boss him around.” Tomlinson taking over the reins and the training from Williamson is not the only change that could help Shards Fury in race 3. Lining up from barrier 5 will be a massive improvement for the pacer. “It is the first time he has drawn the front row since he came here, that is the key,” Tomlinson said. “He used to have a bit of gate speed, so hopefully he will be able to get out and get handy.” “He has been working quite good this week, if he can get out and roll along a bit it should suit him.” On face value, Shards Fury ran a respectable third behind Mach O’Melley in his last start at Winton. But his team were a little disappointed with his effort and have made some gear alterations in the hope he can produce better. “He was a wee bit disappointing last time, so we have made some gear changes and hopefully we have sorted that out,” Tomlinson said. “With the way he has worked hopefully he will be a good chance.” Tomlinson also combines with the Williamson trained Jaguar Bay in race 5. The six-year-old looks to be dropping into a winnable race after running a sound sixth in her last start at Winton. Jaguar Bay’s chances will largely rely on how she handles the Forbury Park track in her first start there. “She had a few problems and it took her a while to come back up but she is all good now,” Tomlinson said. “It is going to be hard because she doesn’t trot as nice on the smaller tracks.” “If she can step away and she trots she will be a chance.” “She has to wear a (boring) pole but she can fight it, which is why she broke at Roxburgh.” Tomlinson has picked up a catch drive behind the Michael House trained Shillelagh in race 8 on Wednesday. The nine-year-old’s form does not look flash but he has been racing in strong company against horses like his cup-winning stablemate Kruizr. “I don’t know a lot about the horse to be honest, but he has obviously got a bit of ability to have won nine races,” Tomlinson said. “He has been racing in some good fields lately and at Addington before that.” “He could be a place chance if he gets a nice run with some cover.” Tomlinson is looking forward to taking the reins behind the Williamson trained Rydgemont Son at Addington on Friday night. The six-year-old made up a big slice of ground after missing away in his last start at Winton behind Springbank Mason. “He is probably the biggest winning chance this week.” “He missed away but he is behind the mobile this time.” “There are a couple in there that could be hard to beat like Missalyssa and Smokin Bandar.” “But he should go a good race.” Rydgemont Son has drawn barrier 8 in his 1980m assignment.

Junior driver Kerryn Tomlinson finally broke through for her maiden driving win at Nelson yesterday after coming close to a win a number of times and she did it aboard her family trained trotter Zsa Zara.  Tomlinson was very happy with the result, "I am super proud especially of the horse and driving in grandads colours has made the occasion really special. "People have supported me all the way and I would like to thank Reg from Storer Motors for sponsoring me, every one has just stuck with me and made this monent even more great. "Nana and grandad and mum and Clint all try to give me and Sheree an equal go and Mel and Brad Mowbray have been so good to me with drives so it is really good," she said after the race. After running a good second on the first day of the meeting Zsa Zara was first away from the standing start yesterday and led all the way to comfortably beat the Greg and Nina Hope trained Easy Pickings. Zsa Zara (Brylin Boyz - Zsa Zita) trotted the 2400m stand in 3-11.3 with a closing 800m in 59.8 The race was notable for a couple of horses breaking after they shied at the shadow of a plane flying overhead during the running of the race(1.50 in the video).     Harnesslink media  

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