Pemberton Shard campaigning in south

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014
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LOOKING GOOD: Pemberton Shard, left, is expected to win off a 30m handicap in the Summer Cup at Ascot Park tomorrow.

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Canterbury mare Pemberton Shard is being aimed at three Southland races in the next six weeks.

She will start at Ascot Park tomorrow and is to remain in the south for the $20,000 Wyndham Cup next Saturday.

Pemberton Shard, trained at Russley by Brad Mowbray, is also earmarked for the $25,000 Southern Country Cups Final at Ascot Park on March 30.

She begins off 30m in the ILT Foundation Summer Cup at Ascot Park tomorrow. Her lead up form includes three thirds behind outstanding mare Adore Me in the Group I New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Stakes (Addington, January 31), Group I Queen of Hearts (Alexandra Park, December 13) and Group III Northern Breeders' Stakes (Alexandra Park, December 6).

''She's going super,'' Mowbray said yesterday.

Pemberton Shard and Timaru trotter The Fiery Ginga are top bets tomorrow.

The Fiery Ginga contests the Lone Cafe and Bar Handicap, which could be his final start before he crosses the Tasman on February 26 for Sydney and Melbourne racing.

He ran second at the Ashburton trials on Tuesday, coming off a 30m handicap to run 3:5 (2400m), his last 800m in 57 and 400m in 28.2.

The Fiery Ginga was treated for an infection before finishing 10th in a free-for-all at Addington n January 31.

''He felt a bit jaded at Addington . . . he's pretty good now,'' Clark said.

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- The Southland Times

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