PRINCESS TIFFANY INFECTION WORSENS -NATALIE'S FEARS (TOP TABLE)
CASH N FLOW BACK AT ROLLESTON
LETTERKENNY BOY DRAWS WIDISH IN APG CONSOLATION
*Dream About Me and TheFixer back in work
Partyon Runs big Race Against Males at Melton
NEWS AND VIEWS
*Lazarus had some welcome visitors at his Matamata base on Friday. Co-owner Trevor Casey and his partner Kate Marriot took an early trip to Auckland where Winterfell was racing in order to have their first look at Laz since the Miracle Mile night in February.
"He looks terrific and the girls looking after him there are in love with him" Trevor says. "He is well into his swimming regime now and and he has even impressed the thoroughbred experts around Matamata with his appearance"
"He swims every morning and spends his afternoons in the paddock being boxed every night. Everything seems to be going smoothly and he will continue that programme for a while yet. It was great to see him again and especially to see him so fit and well. Made the trip more than worthwhile"
HERE AND THERE
HARNESS JEWELS BOARD -PACERS (AS AT 27 April)
2yo Diamond -Princess Tiffany and Kayla Marie lead with Bubbled Up 4th. Ruby Rose is still a chance of qualifying
3yo Diamond-Elle Mac leads with Delight in Me 3rd and Bettor Trix also qualified in 6th place
4yo Diamond-Partyon will be one of the highest qualifiers when she returns to All Stars
2yo Emerald: Jesse Duke and Another Masterpiece are 1 and 2 with War Dan Delight 4 and A Bettor Act also qualified
3yo Emerald: Sicario is 3rd with Chase Auckland out and Funatthebeach 7th. Spankem which has not raced for month is still 13th on the list !
4yo Emerald: More the Better is now 3rd (going into the Messenger) and Eamon Maguire will qualify in his present form. All Stars candidates list devastated by Ultimate Machete and Vincent not being there
THE RACING SCENE
Auckland:7:21: Sires Stakes Final 2yo fillies- Ruby Rose (7) Mark Bubbled Up (11) ,Brent Mangos Kayla Marie (13)Blair 7.52: Trotting Derby: Winterfell (1) Natalie :8.52: Messenger: Eamon Bromac (4) Natalie More the Better (3) Mark
Invercargill-2.03: A Bettor Act (6) Tim Diamond Creek Classic
FROM THE TOP TABLE
MARK: "Pleased with Ultimate Me in his debut. He has come quite a long way in a short time-further than I expected actually and that was a good effort. MORE THE BETTER was a little disappointing last week but he worked well Wednesday so he could be improved this week."
NATALIE "Much Bettor didn't feel as good as he could have done and is better than he showed tonight"
We are more concerned now about PRINCESS TIFFANY. The infection was under control when in one spot but it has spread and the fear is it could start to have wider effect which could mean more serious consequences. We can only wait to see how it plays out but not an ideal situation. The Fixer had a similar problem which worsened and he ended up out for five months. So we will have to see
. You wouldn't believe it had to happen to the best filly around in circumstances like that but you can't plan against fate. Also FUNATTHEBEACH came up with a little blood issue Tuesday and it would be a long way to go to Invercargill if there was any doubt over him. A BETTOR ACT will be going though and is racing well enough to win it. .
WINTERFELL is well placed in his Auckland race and he was impressive last week wasn't he so he should be the one to beat again. The draw is not a worry really. I will probably look to hold up but it is not a life or death decision and we'll just see how it unfolds.
With Princess Tiffany out the filly race is open and as I said last week there is not a lot between them and the luck of the draw is the crux. Maybe RUBY ROSE is our next best. She was very green last week. We have changed some gear (blinkers on) and she will be better for that experience as well. But BUBBLED UP has done little wrong and KAYLA MARIE has done nothing wrong but just has another tricky draw.
EAMON MAGUIRE was an eye opener last week. I knew he was well but wasn't really ready for a run like that especially to get so close to horses who had a better run He should be better for it too and the extra distance won't bother him. MORE THE BETTER for mine was a wee it disappointing last week. I don't know whether he needed the run or was just a bit off his game but he had his chance But I know he is way better than that so I wouldn't drop him on one run.
STATS AND FACTS
- MARK is the latest driver to top 1500 winning drives in the same season he joined the exclusive 2000+ training winners. Next target ? The first 2000 win trainer to drive 2000 winners
- MILLIONAIRE ALL STARS - 1. Lazarus approx $3.9m 2 Smolda $2,558,5442. 3. Auckland Reactor $1,837,043 4.Adore Me $1,677,032 5 Il Vicolo $1,580,948 6 Have Faith In Me $1,469,492 7 I Can Doosit $1,445,774 8 Young Rufus $1,082,692 9 Highview Tommy $1,021,904 10 Dream About Me $1,002,839
Having the Faith -back, improved quickly across top, fought well.
Much Bettor-cruised to early lead at 1200 challenged straight but always in control 1dt
Ultimate Me-up 400 from the back and ran on strongly 2nd
Jesse Duke-went fast early from wide draw to lead, tackled straight but did enough and smart 1st
War Dan Delight-settled well back up from 600m, bold finish 2nd
Elle Mac, last after slow start,moved quickly from 1000m, trailed leader turn finished well
TIM 'S TIPS
OUR SUPPORT TEAM -AND GREAT SUPPORTERS THEY ARE!
Michelle Neilson, , Matt Bowden, Tim Williams,, Mike Woodlock, Dave Lewis, Rebecca Hendricks, Kerry Estreich, Olivia Thornley, Ashleigh Royal,
Carolyn Carney, Iva Junkova, Pilch, Michael Purdon, Nathan Purdon, Alison Ward, Shannon Brown