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Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Al Barnes

Al’s comments

Tuesday at Albion Park

Race 7: Bondi Shake
7.03pm NZ time

“He’s going really well and hasn’t had much luck. This looks a good race for him, it’s not overly strong. I rate him a top two chance. It’s just a matter of whether he can wind up fast enough from behind the leader.”

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 2: Captain Nemo
6.45pm

“He’s not quite up to the best in there but he’s honest enough. He’ll go round and get a cheque.”

Race 2: American Dealer
6.45pm

“He’ll go a good race but it will improve him a lot. David was really happy with him at the workouts and didn’t press him too hard. While he’ll be better for the run it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if he won.”

Race 4: Smokinhotcheddar
7.45pm

“I thought her run for fifth last time was super. I’ve taken her off the unruly and she’s drawn one. If she doesn’t stuff the start, she’ll be right in it.”

Race 7: Tartan Robyn
9.09pm

“His first run for us was a beaut. He had a bad trip, parked most of the way, and still ran on. If he led, he’d be hard to beat.”

Race 8: Copy That
9.34pm

“He was deadly at the trials and Maurice said he couldn’t get over how easily he did it. It’s hard to imagine them beating him fair and square. He’d have to be exceedingly unlucky or do something stupid.”

Race 9: Argyle
9.59pm

“He needs the experience and a run under his belt before the Young Guns Final. I expect David will go back from seven and come into it late. I’m not holding my breath that he can win.”

Al Barnes

Al’s comments

Saturday night at Albion Park

Race 5: Larry Lincoln
10.47pm NZ time

“Larry deserves to be favourite and he’s got enough respect to lead and win. There are some capable horses in the race but over a mile Larry will be very hard to beat from in front.”

Race 10: Bondi Shake
1.20am NZ time

“He’s very bright after his win on Tuesday and will run a cheeky race. This is stronger but he’s up to them. Dance In The Sun looks the winner but I’m very confident he can run top three because he chases really well.”

Dan Costello Race Photography