Stratford trainers Dick and Chris Bothwell have a proud record of producing winners on their home track and they are expected to add to that tally today.
The father and son partnership will saddle four runners on the Stratford Racing Club’s seven-race mid-winter meeting.
Chris Bothwell yesterday labelled Silver Bubbles and and Dysnomia as the stable’s best winning chances.
Silver Bubbles lines up in race two and is overdue a win having run three seconds from four starts. The daughter of Any Suggestions finished fifth first-up following a let-up at Wanganui this campaign after being hampered soon after the start.
Prior to that outing the mare failed to load into the barriers at Te Rapa and was a late scratching. Stewards ordered that Silver Bubbles trial to their satisfaction before lining up at a totalisator meeting again.
Chris said complying with that instruction proved an ordeal as Silver Bubbles took five minutes to be loaded in the stalls before going on to win the 1000m heat at Waverley on May 20.
Stewards ordered the horse to trial again and Silver Bubbles finally gained a clearance at the Hawera jumpouts.
‘‘It was all a bit of a hassle in the end trying to sort out one problem and I think when she went to Wanganui she was a bit tired,’’ Chris Bothwell said.
Blinkers helped solve Silver Bubbles’ aversion to the starting barriers.
‘‘Her work has been beautiful since her Wanganui race and I walked her through the barriers on Tuesday and she went straight in,’’ he said.
Dysnomia has also been working well.
‘‘She went a nice race for fifth at Hawera last start and has trained on well. The question mark about her could be the (heavy 10) track.’’
Hi Fever, lining up in race 3, has shown little in two races this campaign.
‘‘ If the track gets really wet it will bring her into it,’’ Chris Bothwell said. ‘‘She does like the real heavy tracks.’’
The Bothwell’s last other runner, Beguiling, starts in the last race on the programme.
The winner of two races last winter, the Pentire five-year-old will be improved by her last two outings.
Beguiling prefers slow tracks rather than heavy. The lightly-raced Beguiling is to be ridden by English apprentice Anna Jones who can claim a 3kg allowance.
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