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Harness Jewels hopes hit stumbling block

07:59 AM 28 May 2016 NZST
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Mark Purdon and Jean Feiss

Mark Purdon​ and Natalie Rasmussen's all-conquering All Stars stable has  been smacked with a significant blow eight days out from the Harness Jewels.

The All Stars stable has been unstoppable in premier meetings at Addington Raceway over the last couple of weeks, but with three of their best chances striking shocking draws for the Jewels at Cambridge on June 4, that could change.

Dream About Me, Spanish Armada and Titan Banner are three of the biggest losers from Friday's barrier draws.

Dream About Me, who was a $1.35 favourite pre-barrier draw for the three-year-old Diamond following her brilliant win in the Group I New Zealand Oaks on Saturday, has come up with the worst possible draw.

The star filly will start from the inside of the second line but will follow out Killer Queen, who has gate speed.

Dream About Me, now $1.95, has held on to favouritism but only just over stablemate Golden Goddess ($2.30).

Nek Time has a reasonable draw of barrier four but will need to cross All Stars runners Piccadilly Princess (two) and Golden Goddess (three) to find the lead.

Spanish Armada is short at $1.45 for the two-year-old Diamond from her second line draw but with main rival and second favourite Delightful Memphis ($4.50) drawing wide on the front line, she still holds the upper hand.

All Stars runner More The Better is a $1.60 favourite from his second line draw in the two-year-old Emerald but he could get a nice drag through behind stablemate Ultimate Machete.

 

Pacing Major is second favourite at $2.30 but his chances seem much more remote than his price suggests from the inside of the second line.

Purdon and Rasmussen's runner in the four-year-old Emerald, Titan Banner ($2.70), has drawn the outside of the front line and to make matters worse, main rival Field Marshal ($1.70) will start from the ace.

The All Stars stable looks a big chance in the three-year-old Emerald with favourite Heaven Rocks ($1.95) drawing barrier five and the forgotten runner in the race, Chase The Dream ($2.80), leaving the mobile arm from barrier seven.

Marcoola looks to have the three-year-old Ruby at his mercy with a handy draw. 

The Ken Ford-trained runner has barrier five but will likely move into barrier four when emergency Sea Eyre comes out.

Unbeaten his his last seven starts and already a dual Group I winner this season, the $1.16 favourite should cross to the front easy enough and will be tough to beat in the hands of Clint Ford.

Rocker Band's chances in the four-year-old Diamond has taken a massive hit with drawing the inside of the second line.

The big winner from the draw is Democrat Party, who will move into barrier four presuming emergency A Damn Good Excuse comes out.

Now back in the care of Barry Purdon​, Democrat Party has been made a $2.30 favourite with main dangers Expressive Victor ($11), Better B Amazed ($6) and On The Town ($7) starting outside Rocker Band ($10) on the second line.

Monbet​ ($1.10), who was so dominant he was left out of the pre-barrier market for the four-year-old Ruby, has drawn the outside of the front line but driver Ricky May told Trackside Radio he did not think it would stop the Greg and Nina Hope-trained trotter from winning.

Harriet Of Mot's ($26) chances appear all but gone after she drew the inside of the second line but second favourite Sunny Ruby ($4) and driver Gavin Smith with have plenty of options from barrier two.

The Hope's other big show, Enghien, has been shortened to $1.18 on the back of coming up with barrier three in the two-year-old Ruby.

Mat Kermeen

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