Alta Jerome, unlucky when runner-up at his last start, could be compensated with a win at Forbury Park tonight.
Alta Jerome (race 4) finished second to Uncle Ben at Forbury Park on June 19 after being held up on the home turn. The 3-year-old has won at Addington, Westport and Ashburton in 10 starts this season. He has been driven in his wins by Mitchell Kerr, who will continue his association.
Kerr is on the road to recovery from an ankle injury sustained playing rugby on June 7. He will eventually have a ligament graft.
He works for his father, Paul, the Ohoka trainer. The stable has other top prospects tonight in Whozideawasthis (race 4) and Princess Arts (race 2).
Whozideawasthis is unbeaten in three starts at Forbury Park, the most recent on June 19.
The 3-year-old American Ideal colt led over 2200m from a standing start. Leading driver Dexter Dunn has retained the drive.
Princess Arts is having her first start.
"Princess Arts is a very nice filly who has gone well in trials," said Paul Kerr.
Princess Arts qualified at Ashburton on June 24 in 2.01.7 for a mile after a workout win three days earlier. She is drawn to lead from barrier one over 1700m tonight.
She is by Art Major from Natal Franco, who won the group three Nevele R Stakes at Addington as a 2-year-old and a Sires' Stakes heat for fillies there at three.
Pay Me Quick, the 4-year-old mare who has won at Winton and Ascot Park in recent weeks, could prove a formidable opponent for Princess Arts.
- The Southland Times