Our Rosa will love the mobile

NZ HARNESS NEWS

They’ll be taking completely different paths to get there, but Bernie Hackett is hoping he’s got two good chances of success in the junior drivers’ event at Cambridge on Thursday night.

Hackett, who trains alongside Michelle Wallis, has both Our Rosa and Magnifique engaged in the event and believes both could feature prominently in the mobile trotting event, should things pan out the way he hopes.

While he’s currently looking for a potential buyer for the under-rated Our Rosa, Hackett was adamant that his desire to sell was in no way a mark against the mare.

“I think she’s a big chance, especially from behind the mobile,” Hackett said.

“She leaves it like a pacer and if she was able to get to the front and dictate things to her own liking and sneak a cheap quarter in, she’s going to have plenty left in the tank for when things start to get serious.”

Nathan Purdon will drive the five-year-old mare, who Hackett believes will soon end up in Australia.

“She’d be great over there; she loves to roll along and mobile racing is her go - we don’t want much for her, either.

“I think she’ll give a real good sight this week, though.”

The stable’s other runner, Magnifique will be handled by Luke Whittaker and while highly capable of winning fresh-up, Hackett expects her to require a little more luck than her stablemate.

“She’s fresh up and she will improve with having had a run under her belt, but she does have really high speed so if she was able to be tucked up and saved for one run at them, she could get over the top of them.”

Originally trained by Robbie Holmes in Canterbury, the half-sister to former talented trotter Thanesan has done a great job since joining the Hackett and Wallis stable last season and should build on that potential through the new season.

“She’s continued to impress us and improve and with this week’s run she should come forward a lot and be in for a good campaign.”

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