RANGIORA HRC, Tuesday, Dec. 31

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RANGIORA HRC, Tuesday, December 31 Race 3: STRIKE ON COMMAND (3, Ricky May), 2000m std: “He went very good at Waimate and should be hard to beat from the draw.” Race 4: ROCK TILL YOU DROP (2), mob. 2000m: “Didn’t step at Ashburton so he’s in a mobile. He’s another strong each-way chance.” Race 7: CLASSIEBEE (4, Ricky May), mob. 2000m: “Raced good fresh at Addington and should be a little better for this.” Race 9: SAGE CREEK (13), mob. 2000m: “Looking for a bit of luck from the draw.” Outside drives Race 1: ARMED FORCE (18), UR 2, 30m, …

BANKS PENIN. TC, Sunday, Dec. 29

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BANKS PENINSULA TC,¬† Sunday, December 29 Race 7: FAIR DINKUM BROMAC (12), 1, 20m, 2810m std: “Border Control coming out has opened the race up. He’s been solid racing on grass tracks but looking for luck off 20m.” Race 8: KOWHAI SUNRISE (3), 2810m std: “He was good in front at Rangiora but this is going to be a step up. If she does things right, hopefully she’ll be a place chance.” Race 11: TUXEDO MAX (4, Blair Orange), 2170m std: “He’s a nice enough horse who finished the race off well at Forbury. He’s also up in grade but …

WESTPORT TC, Saturday, Dec. 28

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WESTPORT TC, Saturday, December¬† 28 Race 5: SMART CAESAR (8), mob. 2600m: “Didn’t step from the stand on Thursday but put in a big recovery, so he’s in a mobile for the second day. Should be hard to beat.” Outside drives Race 2: BEST BONES (7), 2600m std: “Battled Thursday. Needs to lift.” Race 4: SUNRISE INVASION (4), 2600m std: “Another who battled the first day. Needs luck.” Race 6: JOHNNY MICK (2), mob. 2600m: “Worked and tired the first day. Could be an upset place chance from the mobile drawn good.” Race 8: JOHNNY MICK (5), UR 1, 2600m …

WESTPORT & ASHBURTON TC, Dec. 26

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WESTPORT TC, Thursday, December 26 Race 3: SMART CAESAR (11), 2000m std: “Went good first-up Forbury without luck. Qualified from a stand start,¬† so should be a good chance providing we get away ok from the draw in that.” Outside drives Race 2: BEST BONES (1), 2600m std: “Broke when I drove her last season. Has some gear chances so looking for improvement with those.” Race 4: SUNRISE INVASION (4), 2600m std: “Second-stringer for Ian Cameron so looking for luck.” Race 10: JOHNNY MICK (11), 2600m std: “Likes grass track racing. Should have a chance if we begin ok.” ASHBURTON …

NZ METRO TC, Friday, Dec. 20

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NZ METRO TC, Friday, Dec. 20 Race 1: SAGE CREEK (4, Blair Orange), mob. 1950m: “From the draw, he should be an each-way chance.” Race 2: REMISS (11, Blair Orange), mob. 1950m: “She’ll need luck from the draw.” Race 4: CLASSIEBEE (7, Blair Orange), mob. 1950m: “He’s had a freshen up after Cup week and may need the run.” Race 6: READY FOR TAKEOFF (3, Ricky May), mob. 1950m: “I think he should go alot better with a couple of runs under his belt and a good draw this week.” Outside drive Race 7: BUY CHEVRON DIRECT (6), mob. 2600m: …

FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, Dec. 19

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FORBURY PARK TC, Thursday, Dec. 19 Race 2: IS THIS LOVE (3, Kimberly Butt), 1700m std: “Made a mistake last week. A chance providing she does things right, but one you have to take on trust.” Race 3: ASTRAPI (5, Blair Orange), 10m, 2700m std: “Won really good last week. He’d have to be hard to beat again.” Race 4: SUPERIOR DESIRE (5, Blair Orange), mob. 2200m: “Hasn’t had a trial this time in but usually goes good fresh. He’s raced good at Forbury previously and its a good race for him to kick off, so we’re hopeful he’ll be …

WAIMATE TC, Sunday, Dec. 15

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WAIMATE TC, Sunday, December 15 Race 2: REMISS (2), mob. 2600m: “She may need the run, but has a good draw and should be an each-way chance.” Race 4: ROCK TILL YOU DROP (7, Blair Orange), 2000m std: “He trialled good on Tuesday and should have a good chance providing he steps.” Race 5: JUNEAMY CASTLETON (6), mob. 1700m: “She’s fresh up and will need a couple of runs to tighten, but its only 1700m. She’s owned by the club president, so I’m hoping she can win for him.” Race 6: SAGE CREEK (2), 2600m std: “He should be improved …

FORBURY PARK TC, Friday, Dec. 13

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FORBURY PARK TC, Friday, December 13 Race 1: IS THIS LOVE (4, Kimberly Butt), mob. 1700m: “Its a suitable race for her. She should be a good place chance as she’s racing ok.” Race 3: TUXEDO MAX (1, Ricky May), 2200m std: “He’s a nice enough wee maiden. If he does things right is a good each-way chance.” Race 4: ASTRAPI (3, Ricky May), 2700m std: “He’d be my best chance down there if he trots all the way.” Race 7: PAT’S FIRST SUN (1, Ricky May), 2200m std: “Broke in the run home at Methven so I’ve made a …

NZ METRO TC, Thursday, Dec. 12

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NZ METRO TC, Thursday, December 12 Race 1: READY FOR TAKEOFF (14, Blair Orange), mob. 1950m: “He went good at Oamaru and should be a bit fitter but its not going to be easy from that draw.”  Race 4: FAIR DINKUM BROMAC (6, Blair Orange), mob. 1950m: “Its a better race for him. Hopefully he can be competitive in that.” Outside drive Race 3: ARMED FORCE (15), 2600m std: “Began much better last Sunday. A chance providing he does things right early.”