NZ HARNESS NEWS
Impressive debutante winner Huntaway has thrived ahead of Sunday’s graduation final at Ascot Park.
The Brent McIntyre trained five-year-old will attempt to make it two wins from two starts against a classy line up of progressive pacers.
Huntaway created a big impression when producing a swooping finish to win his first start at Winton, last month.
McIntyre said his pacer had thrived since that run.
“He came through it very well and leading in to this race he has worked very well.”
“He feels a million dollars, but whether that translates in to the race, I am not sure.”
McIntyre said Huntaway was a raw product with plenty to learn about racing.
“We have never really asked him to run – we have never screwed him down.
“He would really get on the job when we used to work him, but he is starting to relax now.”
Huntaway won from barrier 15 at Winton and will again start from a wide draw when lining up from the outside of the front line.
The pacer relished the fast pace of his last start and McIntyre hopes there will be a decent tempo again on Sunday.
“Absolutely, that is exactly what we want. He has got a high cruising and he likes a hot pace.”
Huntaway is not the only horse to come in to Sunday’s race after winning impressively on debut.
Burlington also created a big impression when he won his first start at Gore, last month.
The Brent White-trained pacer bolted in by four lengths on the Gore grass track.
Dixie Star scored by an even bigger margin when winning her first start at Winton, last month.
The Stephen Boyd-trained filly won by an impressive five-and-a-half lengths when winning a one-mile (1609m) event.
Dixie Star and Burlington both look to have draw advantage over Huntaway.
Dixie Star will start from two spots inside him, in barrier 6.
Burlington has drawn in barrier 2 on the second row, behind roughie, Surazal.
Dixie Star will be driven by visiting northern reinsman, David Butcher.
- NZ Harness News