The Shark – Best at Ashburton Tuesday

The Shark heads to Ashburton, for Christmas Eve harness racing in search of some last minute stocking fillers.

For more punting information head to The Punters Lounge   


Race 1

9 Call This Fun: Local with a fair amount of ability judging by workout and trials runs. Good turn of speed and with manners is hard to beat here.

15 Steel Dust: Work in progress but the ability is certainly there. Notable driver change for today’s assignment. Might make the difference too.

6 Superfast Lad: Might be able to hit back with a bit of form back on the all weather here. Is certainly good enough to be competitive.

13 KD Hawk: Talented, and has shown that at times, but the manners are a bit of a concern. Not a deep field though, so definitely a chance.

Selections: 9-15-6-13


Race 2

16 Under Wraps: There has been plenty to like in the short career to date. No reason why, even from the draw he can’t be major player today.

8 Mighty Reactor: Turned a few heads with a stunning trial win recently. More than good enough to be a player. Don’t leave out.

2 Her Majesty: Into the Mitch Kerr barn. Matt Anderson in the bike. That’s a combination at the moment. Big respect on debut.

11 Estella Reign: Gives the Mowbray stable a strong hand in the race. Good efforts in all public runs thus far. Has to be considered here on debut.

Selections: 16-8-2-11


Race 3

5 Dhaulagiri: Has looked exceptional in workouts and trials and won qualifier with a leg in the air. Looks a good thing on debut if handling the occasion.

15 Pinup Boy: Nigel McGrath and Blair Orange combine for this first starter who showed a bit of raw speed in a recent workout. Big watch on debut.

11 Missmollygoodgolly: Good effort last time out at Addington. This field is about the same depth so certainly needs to be thrown into the mix.

3 The Black Shadow: Given a brief freshen up after the third run. Good runs prior to that and looks a quick maiden winner. Could even be today.

Selections: 5-15-11-3


Race 4

7 Idle Stuartia: All the ability in the world but still learning the craft at this stage. If he does it right, look out. If not, then you’re most likely out of play.

8 Aladdin Sane: Exciting type back from a spell and looked sharp in recent trial. Might need the run, but certainly good enough to handle this field.

19 One Over Da Son: In really good form at the moment but will have to circumnavigate the entire field here. Not saying it can’t be done, but place more than win perhaps.

6 Rogie Falls: Trained on the track and has really come back into some form. Clicked with Ricky May and is the best each way value in this line up.

Selections: 7-8-19-6


Race 5

14 Cheddar Valley: Won like a horse who would win a few more last time out. No a huge jump up in grade either so should be able to make it two from two.

13 One Direction: Not the greatest amount of luck since returning from a spell and meets a very even field here today so offers up some good each way value.

6 Saginaw: Often his own worst enemy. Has a lot of talent but a fair few tricks too. Could just rock up and blow them off the track if in the right mood.

9 Canstar: Better for the two runs back from a spell and despite the wide draw here today he’s one who could get home over the top of them late.

Selections: 14-13-6-9


Race 6

8 Change Is Good: Mare in great form and a with multiple scratchings looks really tough to beat here if she runs up to her current form.

5 Kendra: Been busy, but won’t mind this challenge today. Speedy mare when allowed to have one shot at them and could run them down today.

2 Anamajor: In great form and with good gate speed is sure to give a strong account of herself once again here.

1 Lilac Star: Mot run wasn’t as bad as it probably looks on paper. She’s in good nick and from the inside could be the giant killer late with a cold shot.

Selections: 8-5-2-1


Race 7

7 Jazzy Star: As good as anything in this race and as long as he can handle the stand start and do things right he’s a big chance of winning today. At odds too.

9 Nandolo: Rough and tumble type who won’t mind the dogfight. Will be up with them when things start to get really serious without a doubt.

6 Matt Damon: Up and coming pacer who has been excellent this campaign. Toughest test here for sure, but everything suggests he will measure up to them.

10 Smokin By: Deserved that win last time out and even off the 30m here looks a live chance of being able to grab another one today.

Selections: 7-9-6-10


Race 8

14 Just Michael: Good record this track and might have just been in need of the run last time out. Good enough to swoop on them late with any luck.

16 Darryl Kerrigan: Handled with kid gloves but does have a motor and even off the unruly could be a major player here with a quick getaway.

12 Just Holla: Demolition job first up at Methven and with natural improvement he looks another serious player in this line up today too.

8 Chloe’s Joy: Form is strong and Blair Orange sitting in the bike really helps the chances too. Has to be given a good hope.

Selections: 14-16-12-8


Race 9

10 Lovey Dovey Moment: Three from the last three and just as good as each other too. Loves a dog fight and might put them to the sword here. Hard to stop.

7 Majestic Chevron: Jogged it last time out. Clearly headed for bigger and better things. This is a good test to see just where things are at.

2 Phoebe Onyx: Back to her best in last two starts. Best when saved up for one run. Can be too quick if close enough too.

3 One Apollo: Excellent effort fresh up. Just needs to bring the manners to the part and then he’s right in play in a very good field.

Selections: 1-7-2-3


Race 10

12 Steel The Show: Two from two and looking like a pretty handy type based on those two wins. Step up here, but certainly good enough to handle it. Right in it.

10 Glen Elgin Thomson: Excellent effort to win last time out. Should get a sweet trip again which could be the difference between winning and losing.

1 Shadow Minister: Made up a stack of ground late at The Mot last week. Plum draw here and it might be all out to hold up and keep them honest.

11 Secret Bet: Will get better with racing but a few scratchings here could bring him right into contention. Certainly not the worst.

Selections: 12-10-1-11


Best: 5 Dhauligiri (Race 3)

Next: 10 Lovey Dovey Moment (Race 9)

Value: 14 Just Michael (race 8)

Related posts