The Shark goes in search of winners from Addington Raceway where it’s Canterbury Park Trotting Cup and Canterbury Classic night as the build up to Cup Week continues.
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#3 Jazzy Star: Under rated pacer with a big motor. Two from two this time in and kept on ice since. Will be ready to rock and roll here though.
#8 Gran Chico: Became one of the finds of last season and culminated it with a big run in Jewels to finish second. Might need a run, but can measure up.
#6 A Bettor Act: Untouchable recently, but this is the toughest test to date. One of the main three combatants in a very good race to start thing night.
#1 JB Mauney: Looked sharp winning a recent Ashburton trial and should be stronger this time in. Will land handy and try and slingshot them late.
#6 Norman Richards: Handy pacer who was very good fresh up at Ashburton after sitting parked. Bit more luck here and he could win with natural improvement.
#14 Kruizr: Big and bold win last time and continues to go from strength to strength. Will have to chase hard here, but is capable of doing it and grinding them down.
#11 Chiller Bay: Smart pacer back from a spell. Very fast when on the top of his game and while he might need one to get there, you couldn’t discount him.
#7 Baltimore Jack: Another handy performer back from a spell. Did a good job at the end of the campaign last season. Interested to see how he’s come back.
#11 Matua Tana: Stepped up against the big guns at The Mot last week and caught everyone’s eye with big effort for fourth. Needs to trot.
#13 Theodosia: Hit the line strongly behind Oscar Bonavena at Oamaru last week. Handy when doing things right and nothing here would pose a problem.
#8 Diana Harbour: Offering great each way value again considering the form. Bounced back to a very good third last time. Nice chance again.
#3 Globe Trekker: Closed off really well fresh up behind the stablemate. Has the ability to win a race like this. Just needs to trot away early.
#4 Virgil: Wasn’t that far behind the best of them last season and looked ready to rock and roll in his recent trial. Will give them something to chase here.
#1 Cardinal Sin: Two from two and looking every bit like a very good horse. Biggest test for sure, but you can only but win and that’s what he’s done.
#7 Aqua Sancta: Two from two as well and very good in both, this is a tougher challenge though so will need to be even better. But who’d doubt the stable.
#2 Skippy’s Delight: Tried hard from the trail behind a good one fresh up last week. Should strip fitter and could get the sweet trip here if they want.
#8 Sundees Son: The current King who has his throne in jeopardy this week. Experience and raw power are beautiful things and they can carry him to victory here.
#1 Oscar Bonavena: Untouchable this time in and looks in for some big things this season. One draw is a wee concern as he’s not the best away. Class though.
#7 Marcoola: Back in business and there’s been a bit to like about his workouts and trials to ready for this. Best would be more than competitive here.
#9 Great Things Happen: Great to have him back on track after injury issues last season. He’s an exceptional horse when on top of his game and can’t be left out.
#8 Flying Even Bettor: Unlucky not to win a big race last season as a baby, went some bobby dazzlers. Back for another season and should, really get one here.
#6 Pur Dan: Impressive on debut after doing a bit of work. Really knuckled down and grabbed the win late. Step up, but wouldn’t be here if he couldn’t handle it.
#1 Good On Ya Kiwi: Under rated wee pacer who should relish getting the hands on a decent draw. Will be out to make the most of it .
#4 Jawbreaker: Has looked very good in workouts and trials but is only a maiden taking on race winners. Can measure up to them tonight.
#3 Spankem: Been so good in both his starts back this season. Demolished them at Oamaru. Looks to have this at his mercy too.
#7 Ultimate Sniper: Will be ready to put them to the sword now third up. He’s been good in both runs to date and should be right in the thick of this here.
#4 Chase Auckland: Made up stacks of ground after making a mistake at Oamaru. Very good win the week before that. Not the worst chance of an upset.
#5 Ashley Locaz: Handy type back from a spell. Measured up to most of these in one way or another last season. Will get better, but a place chance here.
#7 Need You Now: They backed her off the map fresh up down south and she won with some authority. In for a good season and can win again.
#8 Scorcha: Low-flying and was ultra impressive last time out. Shooting for three in a row and has the right man in the bike to make it happen.
#6 Alyssa Delight: It may have been a world away from Premier Night at Addington but that maiden win at Oamaru was stunning. High speed aplenty.
#11 Plutonium Lady: Held in high regard and delivered a telling blow last time out. Can surprise this field here, just needs things to pan out for her
#13 Rum In The Sun: Operates very well fresh up, especially here at Addington. Has the motor to run them off their feet if in the right mood.
#7 Phoebe Onyx: Another smart one fresh up here. Workout and trial form has been excellent. Can step up and really give them a fright tonight.
#5 Far From True: Promising mare back after a decisive maiden win last season. Manners are excellent so should land on the speed and give them a fright.
#9 Monrika: Has come back in fine fettle and is trotting really strongly. Toughest challenge this campaign so far but should measure up.
#7 Koenigsegg: Two from two and couldn’t have been much more impressive in both of them. Good chance to make it three from three tonight.
#5 Ascalabus: Likely to head forward here and give them all something to chase. Is more than capable of figuring in the finish too.
#10 Bettathanfast: A little disappointing fresh up but is better than that. No surprise to see a quick turn around here, although luck needed from draw.
#4 Stick Man: A little hot and cold at times, but hot version is pretty handy. Good enough to measure up to this field anyway, especially from the draw.
BEST: 4 Virgil (Race 4)
NEXT: #11 Matua Tana (Race 3)
VALUE: #6 Norman Richards (Race 2)