A Canterbury raid - Winton Preview
- 14 March 2015
By Mac Henry
Canterbury visitor Chevrons Champion with Dexter Dunn in the sulky has the credentials to take out the opening event at Winton on Saturday with ease.
Gore grass track winner Pat Campbell, who has since joined Tony Barron, went well enough in the Leonard Memorial to suggest she'll get some of this as well.
Gee Up Neddy has gone few bad ones since moving south and with only one in front of him at the start looks a bright prospect in the Ampelite N Z Handicap Trot.
The locally-owned Santorini Sunset doesn't need to improve much to knock him off.
Stablemates Jen Jaccka and Sky Commander formed the quinella at the previous Winton meeting and could do so again although the 30 metre handicap makes Jen Jaccka's task harder.
Gore winner Ruby Jewel also goes from 30 but the three-quarter-sister to millionaire One Over Kenny has the motor to overcome that.
Smithy appreciated the lower grade of race and went to the line under a hold at Gore.
He can do it again in The Hits 98.8 Mobile Pace while also earning a start in the group two Southland Supremacy Stakes next month.
With his front line draw, Bettor Pay Me will have plenty to say.
Unbeaten Canterbury visitor Donegal Kahlum will be all the rage in the Kick The Tyres/Frametek three year old fillies mobile mile but there are others to consider.
Art Exhibit was well beaten into to second last time by Crackabella when they started beside each other.
Art Exhibit has the good draw to work with this week while Crackabella has to overcome going from the outside of the second line.
Viscountess, the full sister of Vice Consul and Vice Chairman, didn't get the rub of the green at Gore but can figure in this.
The Southern Belle Speed Series has drawn a field worthy of the $20,000 stake.
Royal Counsel looks right on target and might be the best hope although there has been little wrong with the build-up of the other top locals Sheeza Shark and Al Raza.
Happy Heidi and Goodness Gracious Me give the visitors a strong hand.
What each of them makes from their ordinary draws will have a biggest say.
The Wrath Of Robyn dominated the 3200 metre Wyndham Cup and is poised to do the same on Saturday in the Marshall Industries Winton Cup, but hopefully he won't take as long.
The trotters went faster over the same trip at Wyndham and another 4:17.9 wouldn't be acceptable.
Twilight Franco was fifth at Wyndham doesn't meet as strong a line-up here.