J Scott The Inside Word

NZ METRO TC, Friday, January 25

Race 5: MICHELLE (14, Sheree Tomlinson), mob. 1980m: “Blew the stand start last time. Tough draw but with luck is an each-way chance.”

Race 9: SIOUX PRINCESS (6, Laura McKay), 2600m std: “Won well at Nelson but this is a lot harder. Will be interesting to see how she handles it. Take on trust.”

INVERCARGILL HRC, Saturday, January 26

Race 8: NAIYA FRANCO (6, Samantha Ottley), mob. 1700m: “Won well at Oamaru but in harder race. Hoping she keeps improving and an upset chance.”

Mark’s outside drives

Race 5: ARDENT LUSTRE (6), mob. 2200m: “Improver at Nelson and an upset chance.”

Race 6: VIRGINIA COOL (5), mob. 2200m: “Battled away up in grade last start and in a strong field. Needs luck.”

Race 9: SHEZACULLENGIRL (6, UR 2), 3200m std: “Tough mare in hard race but could run first four.”

Race 10: IVE ALREADY TOLD YOU (5), mob. 2200m: “Nice horse in hard race looking to take a step up but an each-way chance.”

BANKS PENINSULA TC, Sunday, January 27

Race 9: LETS HUSTLE (3, Samantha Ottley), mob. 2000m: “A place chance from the draw.”

Race 10: ROCK N JOY (1, Laura McKay), 2170m std: “Could be an upset place show with a sit-sprint trip.”