House seeks inter-island repeat
By Jonny Turner
Inter-island trainer Michael House will attempt to back up his record-breaking efforts of the past week at Forbury Park on Thursday night.
The starting point for House producing winners at each of last week’s four domestic harness racing meetings came at the Dunedin track last Thursday.
House will attempt take his first steps towards completing the same feat when he returns to Forbury Park, this week, with what look to be three strong winning chances.
House’s night starts in race 3, where he will start All Money for the second run of her campaign.
The 5yr-old goes in to the 2200m event on the back of a gallant fourth placing in her first start for more than a year, at Forbury Park, early this month.
“She was pretty hard on herself, she pulled hard out of the gate and pulled hard during the running,” House said.
“It was probably a pretty good job to run fourth, really.”
House said All Money should strip a fitter horse this week, which should make her hard to beat.
Delight In Texas goes in to race 4 on the back of a solid third placing House behind Loma Jaccka for House at Forbury Park, last week.
House is backing the mare up again quickly in the hope of cashing in while she is sound and in good form.
“She had some lameness last year and she broke down, so I thought while she is going good we will make hay while the sun is shining.”
“I’m hopeful she will go another good race, it doesn’t look any harder than last week.”
Honour The Bet will attempt to continue his brilliant form at Forbury Park over winter in race 7.
The 5yr-old has produced a win and two second placings in three starts at the track after a successful Manawatu campaign.
House said he expects Honour The Bet to go another excellent race on Thursday night.
However, the trainer is concerned that backing the horse up quickly could have an effect of his performance.
“He is on the backup from last week.”
“I have not done a lot with him since last week and the last time I did that with him I was disappointed with the way he found the line.”
“So, I may have made a tactical error with him or he may just come out and go a great race.”
House has runners at Addington and Alexandra Park that could help him continue his feat of producing winners across the country last week.
The trainer has one runner at Rangiora on Sunday in Rake.