Wicked Wanda poised to strike at Cambridge
By Brigette Solomon
With seven drives at tonight’s meeting at Cambridge Raceway Peter Ferguson reckons he's got one winner at least - and probably more.
And the one he's circling is Sweet Lou three-year-old filly Wicked Wanda who fronts up against just five other rivals in Race 8, the IRT Your Horse, Our Passion Mobile Pace over 1700m.
A winner of one from 10, Wicked Wanda's recent form makes for compelling reading.
The Graeme Rogerson and Dylan Ferguson trained filly most recently ran second when beaten just 1.8m by the impressive Mantra Blue a fortnight ago over the same distance in a Nevele R Fillies Heat.
“She’s a very nice filly who has been racing well against nice horses and you’d expect she should be hard to beat” says Ferguson.
“I also like Our Benson in Race 3, he went a good race last start despite pulling a touch in behind them but having drawn one this week that shouldn’t be an issue.”
Ferguson’s other drives of the night also include three runners for the Peter and Vaughan Blanchard Partnership including Ruby Ridge (R2).
"She has been racing well enough and brings Alexandra Park form but starting off 30 metres is always tough,” says Ferguson.
"And Sunshine Shelby hasn’t had any luck the last couple of starts and could be a good enough chance.”
Ferguson's other drives are Rossellini (R4), Greater Good (R5) and Super Duper Dude (R6).
Pukekohe Reinsman Todd MacFarlane is another with a handy set of drives including three runners trained by Clare and Dave McGowan.
“Mr Muscle in Race 2 is definitely a work in progress but Whitfield in Race 5 has been improving with each run and hit the line really well last start,” says MacFarlane, “and It Ain’t Me Babe (R9) is fresh up but was a nice workout winner last week.”
MacFarlane also drives You Little Beauty (R6) - "she always goes a good race and is a tough, honest race horse" - and No Mercy who is resuming from a spell in race 7.