Addington initiatives shows they're keeping up

MATT MARKHAM
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2013

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Short and sharp, that's the format for Addington tonight.

In a new look style of racing, tonight's New Zealand Metro meeting will be conducted in a quick fire 2 hours with gaps in between races shortened to just 20 minutes each and all nine races held over the sprint trips.

As Addington continue to look to rejuvenate the racegoing experience for their customers the latest innovation has been met with welcome support from those within the industry who appeared to be getting sick of the 30-40 minute spaces in between races.

To add to the fun, $10,000 has been added to the quaddie pool to entice punters to invest some hard earned cash.

Here's our thoughts on what might transpire on the four legs starting on race six.

Leg one: Should be simple. Mossdale Connor (11) is by far the best horse, but unfortunately has the worst draw over the tough one mile trip. He should still win, but chuck in Greenburn Creek (6) and Captain Webber (9) to ensure you aren't all done after the first leg.

Leg two: On what we have seen so far Team Purdon should have no problem in claiming this leg with either Goodness Gracious Me (1) or Te Amo Bromac (7). Both look above average and one should be winning.

Leg three: From one of the second line over a mile Sheemon (7) should get a good trip, and from there be too good for this lot. But trotters are tough enough to sort out let alone when they are running over a mile at Addington. Cover with Trips On Me (1), Yankee One (2) and Dixie Commando (4).

Leg four: Just two needed here. Both are horses with huge futures in front of them. Royal Mach (6) has the Purdon colours on so that helps and El Fuego (11) has been super impressive in two starts winning both and is held in high regard by trainer Nigel McGrath. The knock out is Lulli Midfrew (4).

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