Ottley and Unloaded shoot for hat-trick
By Jonny Turner
Samantha Ottley and Unloaded will attempt to continue their winning combination in the South Of The Waitaki Series final at Addington on Friday night.
The pair have combined to win the last two heats of the series and will aim for a hat-trick of victories in the 2600m final.
Ottley said the Peter Hunter trained 4yr-old has felt like he has been loving his work recently.
“He is racing really good and he is just in the zone and everything is falling in to place.”
Unloaded has not only been impressive, he has been versatile in both of his wins.
The Mach Three pacer led and sprinted away from his rivals over 2600m in heat two of the series.
In heat three, the pacer charged around the field from last with a lightning fast move, before going on to score.
That versatility should mean Ottley has every unnecessary weapon at her disposal to help Unloaded win the series final.
“He has been pretty versatile in the heats so far, so he certainly has options.”
“It depends on what the other ones do early, but he has certainly got a really good turn of foot early and late.”
“If I have to use his gate speed, I will, otherwise he can sit back and get over the top of them.”
There should be few surprises in Friday night’s final, with the same small pool of horses that have contested the heats making up the eight runners in the final.
The Croupier and Tartan Robyn, who have both performed consistently through the series, look two of the main dangers to Unloaded.
Ay Boy, who impressively won the first heat of the series, would be a strong chance if he could bounce back from his disappointing heat three effort behind Unloaded.
Ottley looks to have a book of drives loaded with winning chances at Addington on Friday night.
Among them is Dream Major, who will have his first start since winning on debut more than eleven months ago.
The pacer, who has transferred from Barry Purdon’s stable to Regan Todd’s barn, caught the eye when going to the line full of running in a recent Rangiora trail.
“I had a couple of steers behind him at the workouts and he pleased me,” Ottley said.
“He is a little bit green still - he has only had one start.”
“He is still learning what it is all about, but I think the motor is certainly there.”
Ottley has a trio of good winning chances for trainer Mark Jones on Friday night.
They include Harmony Delight, Immortal Change and Uptown Lady.
Ottley will steer Invaluable for trainer Cran Dalgety in the 2yr-old event at Addington.
The pacer will clash with the two horses that defeated him on debut at Ashburton in Can I Be Me and In Chevron We Trust.
That pair swooped on Invaluable after he worked around the field to lead.
With a better run the 2yr-old may be able go turn the tables.
“The other two just had the drop on him, but he fought right to the line,” Ottley said.
“They are in it again and are going to be hard to beat, but he has got a nice draw and hopefully if he doesn’t have to do too much work he can go a couple of places better.”
Ottley also drives eachway chance Santanna Mach and outside hope Awesome Impee at the Addington meeting.