J Scott The Inside Word

NZ METRO TC, Friday, Feb 15

Race 2: MICHELLE (16, Sheree Tomlinson), UR, fr, 2600m std: “A chance if she trots away off the unruly.”

Race 8: SIOUX PRINCESS (7, Sheree Tomlinson), UR, fr, 2600m std: “Hasn’t been stepping but did everything right at the Ashburton trials on Tuesday. Will need to step and just an outside place show in a very strong field.”

Race 10: BARRETT (7, Sheree Tomlinson), 3, 10m, 2600m std: “He’s freshened up after winning well at Roxburgh in early January. Had a run at the workouts last week and with the right luck is a first four chance.”

NEWCASTLE (NSW), Friday, Feb 15

(Mister) Finnigan, shown at the Rangiora trials late last month. The Aust-bred returns across the Tasman for his race debut at Newcastle on Friday night.

Race 9: (MISTER) FINNIGAN (5, Mark), mob. 1609m: “Draws the strongest field and taken a while to settle in but he’ll be a strong each-way hope.”

Race 10: LULU LE MANS (2, Mark), mob. 1609m: “Nice filly drawn well and seems well. Unknown opposition but I’m sure she be very hard to beat.”

OAMARU HRC, Saturday, Feb. 16

Race 6: SMOKE N REACTOR (6, Blair Orange), mob. 2000m: “Disappointed fresh at Amberley but in the right race and usually competitive on the grass.”

MENANGLE (NSW), Saturday, Feb. 16

Race 10: THE BUS (11, Guy Chappie), mob. 1609m: “Racing great breaking the track record last week, but draw makes it very tough at Menangle.”