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Puma Road heads for season-defining spell.

NZ HARNESS NEWS

A spell is in order for tonight’s impressive Alexandra Park maiden trot winner, three-year-old Puma Road.

His Pukekohe trainer, Steven Reid, thinks it could well be the making of the horse.

“His issues are not physical immaturity; it’s all mental with him.

“He’s always shown us plenty of ability, but he just hasn’t been consistent yet.

“One week he’ll go super, the next he’ll switch off.”

Puma Road galloped on the same track two weeks ago and never took any serious part, but it was smooth sailing tonight in the hands of Zac Butcher.

“He’s trotted time and Zac said he did it easy, so we’re really happy,” said Reid.

“He can go for a spell now, and whether or not he’s a classic horse next year will depend on how well he does ‘upstairs’ over the next six weeks.

“I’m sure he’ll step up, though.”

Puma Road is a son of Pegasus Spur out of the Sundon mare May The Sun Shine.

He was bred by Pukekohe’s Maurice Balle, who races the horse with Reid and Reid’s former training partner Simon McMullan.

“We actually only got the horse to break in for Maurice.

“Maurice was looking to lease it out, but it broke in really well.

“So we said, why don’t you stay in him and we’ll come in with you.”

Zac Butcher was wearing the special Cancer Society race colours as part of the Daffodil Race Night promotion.

The colours had a great start to the night, winning three of the first four races with Izinthezone and Ben Butcher winning race three and David Butcher saluting with Count Landeck in race four.

Count Landeck headed home a rare Alexandra Park quinella for Morrinsville trainer Roger Villiger, with stablemate Bubbles O’Leary getting home stylishly for second.