The Shark goes in search of winners at a Twilight harness racing meeting for the Oamaru Harness Racing Club today.
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2 Crazy N Love: Qualified in pretty impressive fashion and hailing from a strike-rate stable. Has to be a big chance on debut if the occasion doesn’t become too much.
1 Mono Gamble: Solid in last couple of races in much stronger fields than this. Should measure up to them today provided there’s a quick beginning.
8 Aveross Majesty: Has the motor, but still getting the head in the game at times. Could roll this field if in the right mood and doing things right.
11 Same: Respect the stable any time they line something up. Tidy trial effort in a good field recently. Not the worst here in a fresh state.
5 With The Stars: Traffic issues at Forbury last week and might have gone close without them. No star, but closing in on a maiden success.
6 Comfortably Numb: Money has come again despite poor effort at Addington. There’s something there though, you just don’t want the odds to be too short.
1 Melody Pond: Now in the Hope barn which raises an eyebrow. Good draw and even looking field says that the watch is on here today.
2 Fraud: Not bad in a few runs for new barn, all from tricky draws. Could get a slice from the handy marble here.
6 Diamond Party: Green, but very good for third in a hot field on debut. This looks like it should pan out nicely. A good bet early on in the day.
4 Pink Flamingo Run: Didn’t set the world alight on debut, but wasn’t far away from them either. This looks a little easier. Right man in the bike.
5 Pay Me Smart: Penny looks to have dropped based on last two runs. Excellent late at Forbury last time out. No reason why he couldn’t place again.
2 Mongolian Conqueror: Has the motor, but debut effort was poor. Trainer jumps in the bike so interesting to see if he gets the necessary out of him.
13 Darry Kerrigan: Made to work to find the lead at Timaru and fought bravely for second. Tricky off the unruly but could grind them into the dirt here.
11 Panda Girl: Not the worst based on fresh up run and nice trial effort since then too. Even looking field so has a good chance.
6 Missmollygoodgolly: Showed a bit of speed to sneak up the lane from well back and win recent trial at Ashburton. Might be good enough to win this on that run.
5 Shesheartandsole: Two runs back from the break have been full of merit. Even field here and a handy draw bring her right into contention.
7 Eastwood Isabella: Meets a very even looking field tonight and front line draw a big key too. Second to a talented one three back is a good pointer for this.
10 Bound To Impress: More bad luck than good in the career so far but was very handy in a much stronger race at Addington last Friday night. Each way.
8 The Go To Man: Might not be the worst here in a fresh state. Ran some nice races last campaign and could be the surprise packet today.
2 Vigoroso: Tends to hold his form a bit and was pretty handy at Forbury last week. Orange sticks with the ship too so there might be a pointer in that.
7 Chevron Flies: Magic on debut but nothing next up after working hard. This is easier and might demand a little more respect here too. Should win it.
3 With The Band: Gate speed horse who should find the early lead here and if able to get onto the back of the right one can fill a placing.
4 Delightful Tanner: Bounced back with a good second at Methven last time out. Goes well here and even field gives a good chance of getting a slice.
10 Immortal Change: Fiven a freshen up and does go OK in that state. Stable is kicking a few goals so no surprise to see a big run here today.
2 Fanny Hill: Big money came fresh up after strong push from trainer but early galloped put it all to bed. Money will come again, it’s all on the manners.
10 Phoebe Onyx: Resumed with two really good thirds in strong races at Addington. Looks nicely placed here and can give them a fright.
9 Baxter: Talented type back from a spell. Manners will be the key but everything else should be there. Could step up and bolt in. Who knows.
13 Rydgemont Son: Manners have been very good in last couple and building in confidence. Too good to leave out in a field like this.
5 Alta Endeavour: Big win last time out and looks a horse who might go on with it. Not a deep field so should be right in the middle of it all.
3 Portalegre: Taken on some hot fields recently and will relish this opportunity here today, especially from a handy draw. Big chance of getting back in the positive.
4 Donegal Gilbert: Nice type back from a spell and the workout and trials form has been good. Astute stable will have things ready to rock and roll.
6 Mr Midnight: Grinding type who might try and put them to the sword here. Dangerous if he does as these are the right kind of races for him.
9 Standout: Not much has gone right in last few runs but prior to that was excellent including good second behind Taxman here three back. Gets his chance today.
2 Shadow Minister: Was very handy at Methven when finishing fifth. All around the action at the moment and due a winning turn.
11 King Of Heroes: In good form and often in better races than this too. Off the second line but still could give them a real shake up here.
1 Pocket Watch: Not the worst in this, especially from the handy draw. Likely to land near to the speed and can rush at them late with a sweet trip.
BEST: 7 Eastwood Isabella (Race 5)
NEXT: 7 Chevron Flies (Race 6)
VALUE: 9 Standout (Race 9)