Born To Boogie to resume on Thursday
NZ HARNESS NEWS
Talented mare Born To Boogie has tuned up for her resumption at Ascot Park on Thursday with a sizzling workout performance.
The four-year-old will start for the first time since impressing in a winter campaign for Ryal Bush trainer Brett Gray.
Born To Boogie showed she was ready to add to her strong race record with a big performance to win at Winton recently.
The Rock N Roll Heaven mare unleashed a huge finish to win from last while the leaders were setting up a 55.9sec last 800m in the workout.
“She just went swoosh,” Gray said.
“She came from the back and really got going, she has got really high speed.”
Born To Boogie’s only failure last season came in her last start at Addington in the South Of The Waitaki series final.
“She went to Addington and she just freaked out a bit that day and she wasn’t quite right.”
Born To Boogie has had niggling injury problems with a leg throughout her career and it is a case of so far, so good as she approaches another season of racing.
“Her leg seems good and everything seems well with her.”
“It is a handy enough field to be racing first up, but I expect her to be in the hunt.”
Born To Boogie’s barrier 3 draw gives her an advantage over some of her more race-hardened rivals in Thursday’s 1700m Southern Belle Speed Series heat.
In form Canterbury raiders Just Dance and First Class Lady will have to overcome barriers 7 and 8.
Bridesdale Robyn is drawn one spot inside them for trainer Ross Wilson and driver Craig Ferguson.
The 4yr-old put in a massive performance to run fifth to Sweet Mary after botching the start of her last start at Winton.
Zenola’s Art, who is a fast mobile beginner, has drawn beside Bridesdale Robyn in barrier 4.
Canterbury trotter Splash Cola drops significantly in class from some of the races she has contested this spring when starting in Thursday’s feature trot.
The Regan Todd-trained trotter has taken on classy fields in her home province through the spring.
Splash Cola gets a big chance to be rewarded for her consistent efforts if she can overcome barrier 8.
The eight-year-old took on a similar line up to the one she meets Thursday in her last start on a rain-soaked Cromwell track.
Todd said he was not expecting big things from the trotter in those conditions, but she pleased the trainer with her effort for fourth.
“I didn’t expect too much from her, but she went really good, she just got tired the last bit.
“It could depend on how she backs up from that race, I have left her down south with Nathan Williamson and he seems quite happy with her.”
- NZ Harness News