Locals have top chances at Ascot Park
Ascot Park-trained horses could be in for a profitable day on their home track tomorrow.
They have winning prospects in seven of the nine races, with Rowchester possibly the best chance. He won by three lengths at the Ascot Park workouts last Saturday in preparation for the Gotta Go Cullen Pace.
Rowchester, who has looked special at workouts and trials this season, ran an eye-catching third at Gore on October 28. In his only other race-start, the Bettor's Delight 3-year-old paced roughly early and broke in the straight at Ascot Park on November 4. He was disqualified from third.
Last weekend's workout win signalled he was back to his best for trainer-driver Brent Shirley.
The horseman's 3-year-old filly, Brand New Day, who was also successful at the workouts last Saturday, and Snazzy Jaccka, debuting from Wayne Adams's Invercargill stable, are candidates for the Ohoka Arizona Pace.
Six-year-old Snazzy Jaccka was given a break after qualifying easily at Winton in August. Her record at workouts is a win and two thirds from three starts.
Shirley-trained Over Glow lines up in the Christian Cullen Pace following her unlucky eighth at Wyndham last Sunday. Over Glow never got clear in the straight and finished hard up behind a line of horses.
Stablemate Ruby Ruby might be at false odds in the Klondike Kid Pace after finishing eighth at Wyndham on November 11. Ruby Ruby had an excuse because she was wide early and then raced without cover in a mobile mile.
Ascot Park trainer Murray Brown will harness up four each way chances on tomorrow's programme - Cherokee Charlie (Harnessworld.Org Pace), Manapouri Blaze (Speedy Signs Pace), Glacier Express (Peruvian Hanover Pace) and The Receptionist (Klondike Kid Pace).
The quartet raced at Wyndham last Sunday. Cherokee Charlie ran on in tight quarters for sixth, Manapouri Blaze was held up in the straight and Glacier Express beat a maiden field by four lengths.
The Receptionist will compete in a one to two-win fillies and mares' race tomorrow. It will be a drop in class for her after she ran a satisfactory eighth in a two to three-win event at Wyndham.
The Southland Times