Howe highlights best of his team for Rangiora

By Mike Love

John Howe takes a team of six to Rangiora today. The West Melton trainer admits his team will need to put it together, but suggests they are all capable on their day.

In Race one Desert Royal ($16.00FF) kicks off the day in the maiden trot, with Robbie Close to drive.

“She’s got a bit of talent, but not quite 100% in the zone. She will get wins on the board at some stage.”

Howe doubles up in race four with Sea Jay ($21.00FF) for Robbie Close and O’Hara ($51.00FF) for Tim Williams. Sea Jay had been trialling well before a fair debut performance on the grass at Methven.

“She’s got a bit of speed. But she just needs to strengthen up a little.”

O’Hara also debuted at Methven, making an early mistake with her effort taking its toll thereafter. However, she has since had a couple of trials in between and Howe expects an improved effort today.

“The way she's worked the last couple of weeks has been encouraging. She’s not far off, we just wish she had a better draw!”

Race five sees trotter Peaknmonkey ($5.50FF) represent the Howe team. Proving to be somewhat frustrating for Howe, the four-year-old Peak gelding just needs to put it together.

“He works very well at home, but is just not getting it right on business day. When he does, he'll get a dollar.”

It's similar for Didjabringthebubbles ($21.00FF) in race eight.

“She’s got to be in the right mood. We are looking forward to the grass tracks, and will be one to follow around Christmas time.”

Rounding out the Howe representatives is Didjashoutthebar ($26.00FF) for Robbie Close in race nine.

“He’s going to win a few more races, but he’s just not quite strong enough yet. He’s another that I wish had a better draw.”

“O’Hara and Didjashoutthebar would be our best two chances for the day.”

Howe works a team of 18 from his West Melton base.

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