The Shark – Best at Rangiora on Sunday 11 August 2019

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The Shark goes in search of winners at Sunday afternoon harness racing action from the Rangiora Racecourse.

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Race 1

7 Sheza Mighty Monarch: They climbed out of trees to get on at Addington but it all went pear-shaped after a couple of hundred metres. Redemption for those who stick with?

9 KD Hawk: Smart effort to win a trial and comes from a respected stable that always demands attention when they line one up. Manners the key, but can get a slice.

8 Palisade: Should be a lot stronger this time in and the workout and trial form has been solid. Can give it a pretty big shake if in the right mood.

4 It Wasn’t Me: Manners have crept into the last few starts and caused problems. Goes good when doing things right and needs to be included.

Selections: 7-9-8-4


Race 2

6 Matt Damon: Plenty to like about the debut effort for second in a very strong maiden field. Should pick one up quickly and it really should be here.

11 Prairie: Took a while to wind up last time, but really found the line when finally clear. Another who will win quickly and not the worst in this line up.

12 Duke: Has the ability and should be better for the first up run at Addington when well supported. Natural improvement takes him close.

4 Fly Lika Falcon: Nice trial and workout form heading into this debut and shouldn’t be too far away here on debut judging by the most recent public effort.

Selections: 6-11-12-4


Race 3

8 Unique Marshall: Got into a foul mood when galloping last time out. Was pressing forward for the front then too, chance to turn that all around here.

9 With Ice: Plenty to like about the first up effort last time out and should only be better for that run. Good enough to win, even from the draw.

7 Quaestor: Mobile conditions suit a lot better and is going really well at the moment when doing things right. Certainly not the worst in this line up.

6 Shpeedy: When on top of the game, there’s always a chance, but mistakes are costly sometimes. Can make the presence felt here in the right mood.

Selections: 8-9-7-6


Race 4

4 Expresso Denario: Little bit to learn still judging by Addington sixth but emphatic winner here on debut and repeat of that will have him winning today.

1 Bakari: Not bad last time after an early gallop. Small field really suits and should be able to sneak into the top three here with everything being event.

2 Motoring Major: Spotted putting in some nice strides late at Addington last time out. Has to be considered a hope in this field based on that run.

7 Fun In The Dark: Got the motor and small field plays right into favour. Not at best in most recent runs, but still good enough to be a player in this.

Selections: 4-1-3-7


Race 5

4 Tehoro Tease: Drops back a grade after Addington seventh. In good form prior to that and might try and jump and run them along here.

6 The Bloss: Ultra consistent trotter with a good motor. Deserved that win at Addington last time out and should be able to go on with here.

1 Redwood Invasion: Enigmatic trotter with a big motor but also a bag of tricks. Dangerous if he does things right and gets his own terms.

7 Time For Diamonds: Operates well in a fresh state and any easing of the track is going to play right into the hands. Potent with one cold shot at them.

Selections: 4-6-1-7


Race 6

2 Sweeney Todd: Good runs without much luck lately. This isn’t a deep field so should be able to assert the dominance from the top and give them all something to chase.

10 Beau Vista: Honest toiler back from a spell and finds a nice race to kick things off in. Should be able to roll home at them late and potentially get them all.

7 Lets Hustle: Not too bad in recent runs and joins the Regan Todd barn. Can really turn things around here at a nice price.

1 Billie Jean: Some strong workout and trial form for a new barn, but not quite getting to race day. Should get a sweet trip here and can get it on track.

Selections: 2-10-7-1


Race 7

5 Invisible Girl: Hasn’t done anything wrong since quitting maidens and would be very deserving of a victory here today. Wide open field so luck will play a part.

13 That Alexander Guy: Has grown another leg in the past few months and really flying with beach training. Can give them all something to think about.

14 Ragnarr: Won a maiden here very nicely and does hold a lot of ability. Draw doesn’t make things easy but good enough to overcome it.

6 Eastwood Isabella: Has a bit more upside than most in this field and would only have to land in a good position to be considered a strong winning hope today.

Selections: 5-13-14-6


Race 8

3 Team Kiwi: Like the last few hundred metres of the run at Ashburton. Really strode to the line. Best version is smart and could give all of these plenty to think about.

8 Smarter VC: Nice run at Forbury last time out. Good enough to really mix it with all these, even from the draw – just needs a couple of things to fall into place.

1 Friend: In good nick and comes up with the perfect draw to make something of here in this. Dangerous if caught in the right mood.

7 Flamboyant: Never far away from the action and does love a rain affected track. Might be able to really put them to the sword here today and could surprise.

Selections: 3-8-1-7


Race 9

12 Pocket Watch: First starter from the Dalgety/Purdon stable with Matt Anderson in the bike, that’s been potent for the last couple of weeks. Nice trial form. Can win.

7 Donegal Davy Boyd: Put them to the sword down the back at Addington last time and nearly stole it. This is easier. Should go close to success.

13 Mrs Washington: Hasn’t had any luck at all recently and gets into a pretty even looking line up today so needs to be included in all options.

3 Flashazz: No go at Addington last time. Better suited here though and the third behind Corona was very good. Repeat that and you’re in with a shot.

Selections: 12-7-13-3


BEST: 4 Expresso Denario (Race 4)

NEXT: 6 Matt Damon (Race 2)

VALUE 3 Team Kiwi (Race 8)


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