The Shark - Best at Cambridge on Thursday

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Race 1

2 Liberal Arden: Drops into a very winnable race after some strong recent efforts in decent fields, much better than this. Drawn well and should have a major say in this event.

4 Runcle: Only a brave soul would leave out a horse driven by a Wigg sister in an amateur race at Cambridge. This one has performed very well in similar races in the past.

1 Highview Justice: Loves to be on the speed and drawn up perfectly to do exactly that here. Should give them all something to think about.

5 Crackared: Last start was in a very strong race where she was far from disgraced. This is a drop back and as with Runcle, there’s a Wigg sister in the bike.

Selections: 2-4-1-5


Race 2

6 Arty Pharty: Consistent performer in this grade for a long time and has been knocking on the door of a maiden success. Won’t get many better chances than this to break the maiden status.

3 Miss Shuga: Had shown a bit in workouts and trials before stepping out at Auckland where not much went right. Take the lead from the trials and workouts. Good shot here.

1 Karolyi: Good run last time out to finish second and comes up with the ace draw here. Should punch out and find a good position and give it a good shake.

7 Au Revoir: Smart trial victory recently is a good pointer to this and might be a bit better on the all weather too. Not the worst chance.

Selections: 6-3-1-7


Race 3

5 Peter Forsberg: More capable than some of the recent efforts would probably suggest. Last start was at Auckland so should find this a bit easier than the normal challenges.

2 Whitehaven Beach: Smart on speed runner who has performed well here in the past. Loves to lead and make them chase and perfect opportunity here.

9 Bugalugs: Hitting the line strongly last time out at Auckland. Performs well here and won’t be too far away again from the inside of the second line.

6 Vanhalem: Ticking along nicely with some strong recent efforts this isn’t a deep field including placings in last two starts. Big chance here.

Selections: 5-2-9-6


Race 4

8 Anna Kate: Last start third was in a black type race, so this is going to be a whole heap easier. Manners are generally pretty good. Won’t be far away from the action.

7 Such Fun: Got it all together on the second day at Manawatu and delivered in style. More than capable of making a mark here too.

12 Need Luck: Best is very good, but sometimes a little ordinary. Dangerous if close enough to them when turning for home, but funnily enough needs that luck.

1 My Royal Roxy: Better for the fresh up run last time out and generally a good beginner so could pounce out and give them plenty to chase.

Selections: 8-7-12-1


Race 5

8 Mustang Sally: No superstar and probably underwhelmed a bit last campaign. Perhaps a bit better and stronger this time in judging by strong recent effort in recent workout.

1 E Cat: Going near enough and comes up with the ace draw here so shouldn’t be too far away from the action with a run on the markers.

9 Mhai Uptown Girl: Glimpse of the ability with a good third last time out. Handy enough prior to that too. Nice run in transit on offer here and a good hope.

7 My Boy Boo: Back to pacing last time and wasn’t too far away. Not a deep field so expecting a bold display here.

Selections: 8-1-9-7


Race 6

7 Prime Silver: Has taken on some pretty smart fields in recent months, much stronger than this. A prime opportunity to get back into the winners’ circle.

2 Go Toddy: Showed a bit of promise with a strong win in North Island debut, but too tough last time. Much better suited here and expecting a return to form.

1 T C Business: New barn after a win last time out. Honest toiler who might just get the perfect trip from here and from there might not be to far away from them.

9 American Me: Only a baby but showing plenty of encouraging signs. Has good high speed at the end of the races and likely to be saved up for the one run at them here.

Selections: 7-2-1-9


Race 7

3 Mockingjay: Out of a very strong assignment last time out and dangerous if allowed to bowl along and set her own terms. Can go close here.

4 Starry Star: Talented customer who will relish tonight’s drop in grade. Can punch out and make the presence felt and give it a big crack.

7 Major Blink: Goes near enough and has shown enough ability in the short career to be a very serious contender and potentially the knockout chance in this line up.

5 Gold Class: Got the job done on debut and did it nicely. Up in grade so always a risk but enough in the debut win to suggest there’s plenty to work with.

Selections: 3-4-7-5


Race 8

8 Ruebe Star: Talented pacer who hasn’t been far away in the last couple. Wide draw here but good enough to overcome it and go very close to success.

7 Patanjali: In great nick with some strong performances in recent efforts. Might cut the ribbons early and look to get closer. The best each way option.

1 About Turn: On speed runner who is generally a consistent performer. Perfect draw and should be right in amongst the action throughout this.

2 Racketeers Boy: Two strong fourth in last two starts. Good draw and a positive driver in the bike, he’s going to be in the middle of the action throughout.

Selections: 8-7-1-2


Race 9

7 Fira: Here’s the opportunity she’s been waiting for. Three fourths in last three starts and meets a field that she should be able to get a hold on. Big winning hope.

2 Flying Taine: Some good runs mixed in amongst things in recent efforts. Handy draw here and just needs to get away on even terms with them and from there will be contender.

8 Cowboy Castleton: Fish out of water up against some race winners, but there’s a big motor there. Cross everything and hope for the best and with manners a win is no surprise.

11 Takenoprisoners: Up from the Williamson stable in the South. Should be fit and does have a motor. A winning chance.

Selections: 7-2-8-11


BEST: 7 Fira (Race 9)

NEXT: 7 Prime Silver (Race 6)

VALUE: 5 Peter Forsberg (Race 3)