Barron quietly confident

NZ HARNESS NEWS

It’s a little bit like heading into the unknown, but Ken Barron is hoping he knows enough to consider himself a bit of a chance in the first two-year-old race of the season at Addington on Friday night.

The West Melton horseman will unleash the first batch of his juvenile male pacers at the meeting with two runners engaged in the seven-horse event and one in particular has shown he’s a little bit more than just your normal rookie.

His name - Noosa Beach, and Barron thinks a little bit of him.

“He’s got the right attributes to be a nice horse, that’s for sure,” he said.

“At this stage what we’ve asked of him, he’s handled it nicely and his trial last week at Ashburton was very good.

“So, while we don’t know a whole lot about those we’re racing against this week, you’d like to think he’s got a pretty good chance.”

The race features the two Barron runners, three from the All Stars stable of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and one runner each from Geoff Dunn and Paul Court’s stables as well.

Dunn lines up Laver - the first foal of exceptional mare, Venus Serena.

He finished last in the trial heat at Ashburton last week, when Noosa Beach was a dominant victor.

In the hands of Blair Orange, the son of Somebeachsomewhere sped to the lead early and never really looked like getting headed, dashing away from his rivals at the top of the straight and coasting to the line to win in 1:57, the last half in 56.5.

“He has improved each time we’ve taken him off the place and seems quite a sensible type of horse,” Barron said.

“He covers the ground really and has a nice action which should work well for him.”

A $40,000 purchase at last year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka, the half-brother to the talented Australian pacer, Mitch Maguire is also hoping to act as a bit of a return to form for owners Grant Dickey and Steve Thompson, long time clients of the Barron stable who have been a little quieter in recent seasons.

“They’re overdue to get themselves another handy one and hopefully this guy is it,” Barron said.

Barron also lines up another Somebeachsomewhere, The Warrior.

The gelding is the third foal from handy mare Bedtime and was fourth in the Noosa Beach trial last week, showing good potential after enjoying a nice trip just off the speed.

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