NZ & AUSTRALIA, Sept 27-29

J Scott The Inside Word

NZ METRO TC, Friday, September 27

Race 2: SIOUX PRINCESS (15, Samantha Ottley), 2600m std: “Still on the improve. Back to a stand is a worry but an each-way hope if she trots.”

Race 8: WILLISON (5, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1980m: “Nice effort fresh-up but faces a big jump in opposition so take on trust.”

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Saturday, September 28

Race 5: TAKARA TRUFFLE (10, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Is second-up from a long break so still on the improve.”

Race 6: ROCK N JOY (10, Mitch Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Drawn terrible makes it hard.”

Race 8: A GIFT FROM HEAVEN (1, Guy Chappie), mob. 2030m: “Gets the draw to be hard to beat.”

BANKS PENINSULA TC, Sunday, September 29

Kowhai Sundown, a value runner providing he does things right at Motukarara on Sunday.

Race 2: KOWHAI SUNDOWN (14, Stephen McNally), 2170m std:

“Needs to trot better but on ability can threaten.”

Race 8: JAMIES BAD BOY (3, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m:

“Has got to do things right but can place.”