The Kiwi Way best bet


With 10 entries, Leithfield trainer Robbie Holmes will have a major influence at his local meeting at Rangiora on Sunday, with his best chance in the final leg of the $25,000 Pick6 with The Kiwi Way.

The richly-bred four-year-old left maidens in style at Ashburton last month.

The Kiwi Way, a Mach Three entire from the stable's top flagship mare Kiwi Ingenuity (1:52.1, 11 wins), should handle the step up in a rating 49-56 mobile 2600m.

“He’s a bit like his mum who took two or three starts before she really got going.’’

“Since winning at Ashburton, The Kiwi Way ran home a really nice quick half (800m] at the workouts. He'll be able to have a nice sit (drawn one) on the markers or even lead - it wouldn't hurt him - but it will be nice to race him in behind and he should go good.’’

Holmes’ thoughts on his team for Sunday:

R1: MARKIM (3) & AS KIWI AS (4), mobile 2600m:
“The last two starts they've run home really well. As Kiwi As was remarkably good in the wet two starts back as he was near last on the bend. 
‘’Both have drawn handily. Neither have got a lot of great gate speed so I don't know if they can get across the inside two, but it would be nice to see them race a bit handier.’’

R2: SUNSHADZ (7), 2600m stand: 
“He's a bit inexperienced and is still learning a lot. His gait is still not 100 percent yet. He’s a work in progess.’’

R3: GABBY'S STAR (2) mob 2600m: 
“He'd been racing super, but at his last start raced poorly. I felt the horses got bamboozled when the junior boys [drivers] bolted through a lap out and funnily enough the horses recognised it. 
“The horses were shocked to see horses getting up there and they took exception and went to half pull-up.  We've done a blood test since and I think he's heading in the right direction. It’s a good draw for him and he should stay handy.’’

They're both going to find it a little bit tough from their draws over 2000m. 
Gwendoline Ruby didn't steer the lane that well last start and wanted to run out a bit so was late getting going. We've rigged her a little different but she’s going to go back and need a cart into it.
“Truly Mysterious can't do stacks of work so hasn't drawn good, but is on the improve. At Nelson she just raced okay but didn’t steer the best, but is certainly more match fit now.’’ 

R6: MILLWOOD CHARITY (4), 2600m std: 
“She's just filling the field. We're still working on her but time is running out. She's drawn handily so we'll punch out and see what happens.’’

R8: DRAGON BOY (12) & REDWOOD INVASION (13), 2600m stand:
“Dragon Boy is still on the up. He's a nice trotter and will get better with a bit more racing.
With Redwood Invasion you never really know who is coming to the races with you. He went good the other day at Oamaru, but panics a bit and when Matt Anderson attacked for the top he broke. In his prior racing he was going super and has come strong. He's a bit more settled in the field, so if he does everything right he's a chance too.’’  

R9: THE KIWI WAY (1) mob 2600m: 
‘’Best stable bet’’ from the draw.

Photo Caption: The Kiwi Way scores easily at Ashburton for trainer-driver Robbie Holmes. Photo: Race Images Christchurch