The prospect of a good racing surface at Ashburton today will boost the prospects of Halo Buster in the main event.
The seven-year-old will find conditions to his liking when he steps out in the Rating 75 1400 metre event.
"He doesn't mind it firm and he found the track a bit too heavy last time out at Ashburton," trainer Steven Woodsford said.
Four runs back Halo Buster had finished runner-up on the course and then won for the third time at Oamaru.
"He's been up for a while now, but he is in pretty good nick - he's super fit," Woodsford said.
He also had Davone Code in Thursday's event and her participation will depend on the underfoot conditions.
"It wouldn't be suitable at the moment for her," Woodsford said.
"She'd need a dead 4 and she does need regular racing as she's quite a gross mare."
The Keeper mare was a winner in heavy going at Timaru three starts back and was a game third at Ashburton at her latest appearance after racing three wide without cover.
Among the stablemates' opposition will be the promising mare Esquina, who has been taken along quietly by local trainer Jan Hay.
The Darci Brahma mare has won twice from seven appearances and was put aside after success at Ashburton in May. She may prefer more ground, but has a debut sprint win on the course.
The genuine Ashburn Lane is another with first-up form and he has made his mark in the past in far stronger company than he will meet on his seasonal return.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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