The Shark heads to the first Manawatu Harness Racing Club meeting of the new season and goes in search of success.
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8 Sundon’s Flyer: Stand start toff who was good enough to win on Cup Day last year. Should eat the handicap up pretty quick and be hard to beat.
7 Stylish Duke: Blair Orange’s choice of three Michael House runners. That bodes well for the chances, should be at peak fitness by now.
6 Laura Bush: Did a good job in this part of the world last season. Will get better with racing but still an each way hope here today.
5 Takenoprisoners: With manners, he’d go close to winning this but doesn’t always bring them to the party. Each way prospect, but with risk.
4 Artfilly Crafted: Into the House stable and has always shown a modicum of ability. Expecting things to turn around sharply here with a big performance.
3 Den’s Legacy: Handy enough pacer who should relish the drop in grade here today. Primed to produce a big effort.
2 Scelta Uno: Loves a trip around the Manawatu and although fresh here today should have the all round game to be competitive from the handy draw.
1 Iamthedream: Not the worst chance here, does race well on the track and comes up with the plum draw. Will be out to make the most of it.
7 Ace Strike: Done a good a job in the five career starts to date, all in fields much stronger than this. Small field suits and negates the draw. A big chance.
2 Ohoka Bandit: Into the Michael House stable after showing a little bit of ability in three career starts. Won’t be far away here today.
3 Absolut Russian: Another who joins the House juggernaut. Gate speed to burn which is a big plus so likely to land on the speed and the right man in the bike.
5 Machteer: Fresh up from a spell and has done a good enough job in the career to date to warrant some serious consideration in today’s assignment.
2 Fancy Schmancy: Over raced but kept coming to finish second in a fresh state last time out. Drawn up to dominate this assignment today.
3 Tempo Rose: Has competed, and competed well, in much stronger fields than this. Handy enough draw and should get a sweet run near to the speed.
9 Red Terror: Form has bounced off a bit, but does go well here – as does the stable. Warrants a bit of respect in the hope things turn around.
1 Contractual Issues: Loves the Manawatu and gets the perfect draw for tonight’s resumption. Shouldn’t be too far from the speed the whole way so good place hope.
8 Jingles Bromac: Has really turned the corner in recent starts and racing strongly currently. Tricky wee draw but good enough to turn it into a positive one.
7 The Kapiti Express: Races best here and has had one run under the belt to ready for this. Wide draw is a bit of a problem, but can overcome it and be a big player.
6 Mucho Macho Man: Orange lumps for this one over three House stablemates. That’s usually a good sign. Always been capable and might stand up here.
10 Changearound: Big win last time out down at Oamaru. Joins the House stable and won’t be far away from the action here today.
1 Voodoo Prince: One from one on the track and Orange in the bike. That ticks a couple of boxes straight away. Should be very hard to beat in a fresh state.
8 Matai Minky: Barrier draw could work out perfectly and with a dream run behind the speed can certainly get in on the action late in proceedings.
5 Westar Sam: Loves a run around here and has been in stronger fields than this. Expecting the form line to bounce back to looking good here today.
4 Stevie Lynn: Hasn’t had much luck in the career but when it did come the runs were excellent. Orange in the bike today so gets the big tick of approval.
7 Payment Plan: Too bad to be true last time out. Wide draw here, but does have the game to win this in what is a very even looking line up.
3 Tactful Reaction: Has looked smart enough in workouts and trials ahead of today’s debut. Stable will have him ready and a big effort expected.
1 Jessie Kelly: Honest toiler who is never far away from the action. Has the House polish on today so that may turn things right around.
8 Yankee Dancer: Barrier draw should work out OK and decent enough in two runs back from a spell this time in so not the worst.
BEST: 2 Fancy Schmancy (Race 4)
NEXT: 1 Voodoo Prince (Race 6)
VALUE: 8 Jingles Bromac (Race 5)