Track stars need to deliver their A games

By Michael Guerin


Four of New Zealand's glamour horses have been handed just about their worst possible draws as premier racing returns to Alexandra Park on Friday night.

But that won't stop all four being red hot favourites, as bookmakers brace for an onslaught from multi punters.

The first of three premier meetings at The Park in the next four weeks gathers many of the best harness horses in the country, headlined by champion trotter I Can Doosit.

Even he copped about as bad a draw as possible and will start from five, albeit in just a six-horse field for the $40,000 Lyell Creek Stakes. But he has already been opened a $1.10 favourite by Australian bookies and those sort of odds could set the tone for the night.

I Can Doosit's exceptional pacing stablemate Smolda has opened at $1.65 for the Franklin Cup, incredible considering the group two event will be only his second ever from a standing start and he has drawn trickily at barrier one on the 10m mark.

The stable's unbeaten 3-year-old filly Adore Me faces the first second-line draw of her career in the $75,000 Peter Breckon Memorial but again will start very short, especially with two of the country's best fillies missing from the line-up.

The other glamour pacer to cop a tough draw is Bettor Cover Lover, who will start from the outside of the front line in the $30,000 Caduceus Club Breeders Stakes.

Meanwhile, the Auckland Trotting Club is giving its patrons a free chance to win a night out with I Can Doosit.

All those on course on Friday over the age of 18 can enter to win the You Can Doosit package, which will put them alongside the champion trotter.

The winner will enjoy a stable tour and photo with trainer Mark Purdon and I Can Doosit, watch the race with owners Ken and Karen Breckon and - if the champ wins - be part of the victory ceremony and presentations.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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