Williamson has strong book
Reinsman Nathan Williamson has nine drives at Ascot Park tomorrow and eight are capable of winning.
He combines with Royal Squeeze in the opening event, the Bill Keast Memorial Trot. Royal Squeeze looks well placed in the maiden to one-win event after competing in a maiden to two-win race (fifth) at Winton on October 20 and a one to three-win contest (fourth) at Gore on October 12.
Royal Squeeze broke early and ran out of room late in a mobile mile at Winton.
I Smart, who will be reined by Williamson in the Panspacificflight@Macca Lodge Pace, won four workouts at Ascot Park last month. Her only race start for trainer Brent Shirley resulted in a fifth in a 2-year-old contest at the Invercargill track in January.
''Jaccka Wilco's an honest horse and will get better as the season goes on,'' Williamson said of his runner in the Locations Real Estate Pace.
Williamson said Royal Sue was a good drive for the SBS Bank - Winning Lending Offer Pace after being unlucky on mile day at Winton.
''A horse stopped in front of her [got pushed back], but she rattled home.''
Surprise Party, to be driven by Williamson in the Southland Standardbred Breeders' Association Pace, is a last-start winner.
Le Sol, Given, Jay Tee and Onedin Mach are other drives for the horseman.
Six-year-old Le Sol has not raced for 11 months but has pleased his connections with a win and a second at the Winton workouts last month. However, Le Sol faces a difficult test, first up, in the $15,000 Riverton tomorrow.
''His workouts have been pretty good and if he got the right run, he could be in the first five,'' Williamson said.
Given is in favour for the Neville Cleaver Fishing Handicap after closing quickly for fourth at Winton. Jay Tee, coming off two trial wins, will be a favourite for the Beachhouse Cafe Bar Pace.
''He's been trialling up nicely and has a bit of class.''
Williamson expects a good showing from Onedin Mach in the Hecton Products Ltd Pace, but he has respect for Robs Ideal who is taking advantage of the new handicapping rules.
Robs Ideal is tomorrow a four-win horse starting in a one-win race. Two starts back, he finished sixth in Jimmy Johnstone's Country Cups Final at Ascot Park in April.
The gelding is having his first start for the season, but has racked up two wins and a second at the Gore workouts recently.
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