The Shark – Best at Alexandra Park on Friday 23 August 2019

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The Shark goes looking for Friday night harness racing winners from Alexandra Park in Auckland

Race 1

6 Some Do: First starter heading into today’s debut effort with some strong workout and trial form and a powerful stable behind them. Looks the horse they all have to beat.

1 Diamondsrbettor: Plenty of talk around this week after a strong trial performance recently. Gets the plum draw and should have something to say from there.

9 Tempo Rose: Nice type back from a spell and more importantly drawn to do no work from the inside of the second line. Enough form on the board to suggest there’s a chance.

4 Beautiful Stranger: Another debutant and another with good public form behind them ahead of the debut. Handy enough draw and does look capable of competing in this line up.

Selections: 6-1-9-4


Race 2

7 Check In: Huge effort last time out after being held up on the final corner. Nearly got there, but just short. Redemption is served tonight and it should be served in winning form.

5 Solid Gold: Nice type back from a spell after ending last campaign on winning turn. Nice workout win to get things humming along and should push the favourite.

6 Juice Brogden: Put them to the sword last time out and the daring tactics paid off with a good win. Similar tactics here? Not a bad chance again.

1 Bettor My Dreamz: That was an emphatic victory last time out and from a plum inside draw tonight, you’d expect another bold display despite the notable rise in grade.

Selections: 7-5-6-1


Race 3

7 Sertorius: Big handicap was the undoing last time out. Prior three wins were exemplary. Off even terms here and will be out to get things back on track.

8 CK Spur: Another in good form and one who has produced some big runs recently. Mobile conditions help as there’s no chasing early. Should be right in the middle of it all.

6 Sunny Glenis: All but been a revelation since arriving in the North Island. Great runs and would be very deserving of a winning turn should it eventuate here.

9 Mr Good And Evil: Raw talent, but a few tricks and rarely two good performances strung together. Chance here though from the second line.

Selections: 7-8-6-9


Race 4

11 Prince Of Pleasure: Has had one go at the races so far and was unlucky probably not to finish second to a very smart performer. Fresh up tonight, but strong workouts say yes.

1 Macca’s: Herlihy trained first starter with some good public runs ahead of the debut. Good draw and should be the main combatant to the stable mate and favourite.

2 Double Up: Always respect for the Mangos stable whenever they line one up, especially a first starter. Can play a role from the handy draw.

5 Hughie Junior: Has done a good job in a short career to date and won’t settle too far from the speed here so should be able to play a part.

Selections: 11-1-2-5


Race 5

8 Go Kiwi: Both runs in the North Island have been very good. Handy at his best form and will be looking to get that first North Island win on the board tonight. Can do it too.

3 Sole Ambition: Consistent performer who hasn’t been far away from the action in all of his career starts. Nice draw here and although up in grade the form should continue.

13 Delightful Major: Has returned to racing this campaign in fine fettle. Has plenty of upside and although needing to get around them all at some point, can still win.

11 Rubens: Finally got that win last time out and just doesn’t run bad races. Expected to produce another solid effort here off the second line.

Selections: 8-3-13-11


Race 6

6 Henry Hu: There was plenty of talk around on debut and it was duly delivered upon. Up in grade and finds a hot field today but is more than capable of doubling up.

1 Megastar: Swing in draws is significant tonight. Will be a lot handier to the speed and potentially following the ideal horse. That puts things right into contention.

3 Flying Finn: Made a pretty decent effort of the first run up in grade. Handy draw here tonight and should be landing near the speed and give them a bit of a fright.

4 All Yours: Excellent form lines recently and really on the top of the game. Good field, but an even field and repeat of recent efforts will result in another strong effort.

Selections: 6-1-3-4


Race 7

10 Gladamare: Loves the sprint trips and from the second line draw will do no extra work and then look to pounce on them late. Might surprise a couple with they way she’ll charge at them.

9 The Empress: Classy customer who hasn’t been bad recently. Won’t do the hard yards this week and is capable of coming off the back of one and really sprinting. Big chance.

5 Flying Steps: Has returned in fine fettle here and will be out to make it three in a row. Right draw and with scratchings looks a big chance of foing it too.

4 Adieu Flirt: Off the boil a little last time, but prior form was excellent. Should get handy then look for a the sweet trip. No forlorn hope in this.


Race 8

3 Kay Cee: Not putting a foot wrong at the moment, but not quite grabbing the opportunity. That should change tonight. Looks the best of good things.

5 Safrakova: Can’t fault the form, it’s excellent. Deserved the win last time too. Mobile changes things a little here, but will still press forward.

2 Michelle: Best of her is handy enough to be competitive. No surprise to see her stand up here from behind the mobile and give a big effort.

1 Magnafique: Good runs in last two efforts and from this draw should be right on the speed and in the mix here tonight. A good place option.

Selections: 3-5-2-1


Race 9

6 Nurburgring: Run down last time when well supported but still as good as anything in this field. Should roll forward and give a good sight again.

7 Red Terror: Let’s forget the last run, not much went right there. Two good seconds prior to that on this track so can be expected to bounce right back to form tonight.

2 Katamach: In a new barn and still chasing that elusive North Island win. Another good chance form another good draw.

12 Simon: A little under rated and might be the surprise packet off the second line in this assignment, especially if things pan out nice early.

Selections: 6-7-2-12


Race 10

8 She Reigns: Promising type back from a spell and a stunning trial win recently over a very nice type. Manners will be the deciding factor, with them – untouchable.

6 Splitting Image: Two good runs since returning from a spell. Stablemate probably has the measure, but should still be right in the middle of it if the opportunity presents itself.

12 Highland Queen:Got it wrong again last time out but still managed to place. Clearly talented enough, but manners are the biggest issue.

10 The Urban Spaceman: Wouldn’t be in this gait and in this stable if there wasn’t something there to work with. Got the big watch on this week to see what the fuss is about.

Selections: 8-6-12-10


BEST: 7 Check In (Race 2)

NEXT: 8 She Reigns (Race 10)

VALUE: 8 Go Kiwi (Race 5)


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