The Williamson family have strong chances at the Oamaru Harness Racing Club's meeting tomorrow.
Trainers Phil and Nathan Williamson will start seven runners at the meeting, while Matthew and Brad Williamson have a combined total of 12 drives.
The family's contribution to harness racing in Oamaru was highlighted last month when Phil's wife, Bev, became a life member of the North Otago club.
She has made a 30-year contribution to the organisation that includes a five-year stint as president from 2004.
Father Christmas, to be driven by Brad, is the best winning chance among Phil Williamson's runners at the meeting, according to Matthew.
''He looks the toughest to beat, he's been working well,'' Matthew said
Matthew drives the stable's other runner, Beyond A Joke, in the same event and rates the 3-year-old a good place chance.
''He's going better than his form suggests.''
The Phil Williamson stable has three prospects in a classy field of trotters in race five, the feature trotting event. Monnay is looking to complete a hat-trick of victories after success at Forbury Park in his past two starts. The 6-year-old has been ''going huge lately'' and is a good ''each way chance in a stronger field than he has been racing,'' Matthew said.
Last-start Rangiora winner Galleons Triumph also rates highly for the feature trot.
''He's going as well as he ever has,'' Matthew said.
Stablemate and race-rival Miss Pegasus is a consistent squaregaiter with claims.
Matthew is the regular driver for Roxburgh trainers Geoff and Jude Knight, who will have three horses having their first starts for them tomorrow - Tagataese, Dark Dana and Jerry Fitz.
Tagataese lines up in race seven. Geoff Knight won the ballot for Tagataese after the gelding was runner up in the Forbury Park claimers series final on June 27. The 4-year-old has impressed the Knights in training.
''He's a nice horse that could go through the grades, he feels like a good stayer,'' Geoff Knight said.
- The Southland Times