Exciting 3-year-old clash at Gore

By Jonny Turner 

A sensational Canterbury versus Otago versus Southland clash of exciting 3yr-olds headlines today’s Gore’s trots.

Southlanders See Ya Write and Pembrook Playboy take on Otago star Spirit Of St Louis and Canterbury raiders Bundoran, Cardinal Sin and Minstrel in a $15,000 feature for 3yr-olds.

All of the six runners have shown they have plenty of talent, giving every runner a legitimate winning claim.

Minstrel goes into the 2200m race after an impressive win at Winton last week.

The David and Catherine Butt-trained pacer clocked the sizzling time of 2:55.2 for 2400m.

The Butts hold Minstrel in high regard, but will get a much better line on his future when he clashes with the smart types today.

"He is a pretty nice horse, but we will know a lot more about how good he is after the race at Gore," David Butt said.

"There a lot of real smart types in that race."

Minstrel was aided by a brilliant three-wide cart into the race handed to him at Winton by Ricky May.

May will not necessarily have to use the same sit-and-pounce tactics today.

"The horse has got a heap of gate speed, so Ricky will be able to use that if he wants to," Butt said.

"It is really up to Ricky and how he wants to drive him.

"He has got a few options."

Minstrel has already downed two of his rivals in today’s race.

The Rocknroll Hanover pacer comprehensively beat Cardinal Sin in a trial at Rangiora, before beating See Ya Write at Winton.

Minstrel will have to down both Otago and Southland’s star pacers to win today.

Pembrook Playboy has stamped himself as Southland’s leading 3yr-old colt or gelding with three impressive wins in four starts this season for trainer-driver Nathan Williamson.

Spirit Of St Louis returns to Gore after winning three of his four starts since his impressive debut win on the track in August.

The Graeme Anderson-trained pacer tuned up for today’s race with a quiet trial after enjoying some time off following his win in the South Of The Waitaki race at Addington at the New Zealand Cup Carnival.

Bundoran is set to start the outsider in fixed-odds betting for today’s race despite bringing strong form to it.

The Jason and Amber Lethaby-trained 3yr-old was an impressive winner on debut at Ashburton after trialling well.

Bundoran was held up in his second start at Addington, before charging home to run sixth.

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