Take A Bet seeking hat-trick
By Jonny Turner
It has been a case of no hopples and no worries for Canterbury filly Take A Bet's recent racing in Southland.
The free-legged Geoff Dunn-trained filly will attempt to score a hat-trick of wins and remain unbeaten in Southland at the last meeting to be held in the province this season at Ascot Park, on Saturday.
Some smart planning from Dunn will see the Mach Three pacer attempt to win consecutive graduation finals.
That comes after the filly stepped up her game with two wins after making a solid start to her career in Canterbury.
"The more racing she has done, the tougher she has got, and I think she has gone down south at the right time, too," Dunn said.
The trainer said Take A Bet has thrived in Southland ahead of Saturday's race and is in excellent order.
"It is the second time she has come down here and she has settled in much better, this time," Dunn said.
Take A Bet comfortably won a Ladyship Stakes final at the same track on Monday after winning her maiden just as easily at Gore.
"Her last couple of wins she has done it pretty nice, and Tim Williams has said she has done it pretty easily.”
"The race this week is a little bit tougher than she has had."
Swift Robyn put in an eye-catching finish from the rear of the field to run second to Take A Bet on Monday.
A repeat of that effort would make the Ross Wilson-trained pacer one of the Canterbury filly's main rivals.
Major Deal is set to start the second favourite in the event, despite disappointing on Monday at Ascot Park.
The Ken Barron-trained pacer looked to have every opportunity to win when leading.
Melton Mafia was desperately unlucky in another race at Monday's meeting, though he meets a much stronger line-up tomorrow.
The Southland season should end on a high note when a quality field of rating 56-70 horses do battle over 2200m.
The race features the return of former All Stars pacer, Bettor My Dreamz.
The 3yr-old, who is now trained by Lauren Pearson, has not been sighted publicly since his sixth placing behind his former stablemate, Anthem, at the New Zealand Cup carnival.
Bettor My Dreamz will meet a field of horses that have the benefit of lots of recent racing.
They include Mongolian Cavalry, who went an eye-catching race at last weekend's Ashburton meeting.
The Paul Court-trained pacer ran into traffic problems at the start of this race at Ashburton on Monday, but the 3yr-old recovered to run fifth.