Bettor My Dreamz has turned the corner and is Ray’s ‘most likely to succeed’ on Friday night
The race is packed with chances but Bettor My Dreamz is the big improver at Auckland on Friday night, says trainer Ray Green.
Lincoln Farms’ Pukekohe trainer lines up Bettor My Dreamz and the in-form The Empress in the fifth race, both for Australian owner Merv Butterworth, but he leans to his newest recruit.
“He’s turned the corner now - it just took a while to get him organised.”
Bettor My Dreamz came north from Southland where he was well underdone when he resumed from a seven month spell at Invercargill on June 8.
And Green found he needed plenty more work to get him conditioned after he blew out in his first look at the Park on July 26.
But last Saturday’s workout at Pukekohe showed he had the now four-year-old much better primed when he came from the back of the field with a strong run that carried him into second behind The Lone Ranger.
Bettor My Dreamz won two of his four starts for Mark Pardon and Natalie Rasmussen last year and Green says he is a nice pacer with plenty ahead of him.
He says The Empress should go a bit further too, her northern record two wins and two seconds from only four starts.
“She’s a lovely mare who has been very honest and it’s just a question of whether she’ll get the right trip from four, that’s the key.”
The Empress faces similar opposition to the field she beat last start when she was too good for Young Conqueror in 2:42.1 after getting a perfect one-one sit.
Green says he won’t be holding his breath when The Bull Pen tackles much higher rated rivals in the seventh race.
By far the lowest rated in the 63 to 92 event, he has drawn two, an advantage in the 2700 metre stand.
But he would need to begin far more cleanly than he has lately to be a contender. Last time he scrambled soon after the start, losing his advantage, and at the workouts last Saturday he also galloped soon after the tape released.
“We should rectify that with hopple shorteners in this time,” says Green. “And he’s not completely out of it. Zac thought if he hadn’t made that mistake on the first corner last time he’d have been in the money.”
Three starts back The Bull Pen ran third to The Devils Own and Juice Brogden in the Winter Cup, also a 2700 metre stand.
Double Or Nothing and Hampton Banner give Green a strong hand in the eighth race where the Barry Purdon debutant Henry Hu is the one to beat from the pole.
Double Or Nothing hasn’t won in his nine starts but with six placings and $18,260 in the bank you couldn’t say he’s been a total disappointment.
It took the speedy Mighty Looee to beat him last start, when they scooted home in 56.6 and 28.7, and he is certain to be in the party again, though he again lacked the killer punch at the workouts last Saturday.
“I’m hoping he’ll get the job done this week. There are a few unknowns in the race but you cannot fault his form line.”
Green was plenty happy with Hampton Banner’s debut run at Cambridge last week, even though he was collared late by a sweeping run from Red Atom.
“I thought he ran a good race - not many do what he did first-up. He hasn’t put his hand up to being a derby colt yet but he’ll win a race or two.”
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Friday night at Auckland
Race 2: Bettor My Dreamz
“I think he’s a chance from the draw. He’s had only a handful of starts but I don’t think they’re much better than him, a bit more experienced perhaps. But he’s an improver and David said he felt improved at the workouts last Saturday.”
Race 2: Just Wing It
“Andre’s keen on him - he could have driven the other horse - so we’ll see what sort of a judge he is. I’ve been very happy with him in the last few weeks - he’s pacing a lot better.”
Race 5: Sir Tiger
“He’s done a great job so far but he’s jumping up in class and he’ll be up against it from now on, especially from that second row draw. He just lacks a yard of speed.”
Race 7: The Empress
“She’ll go well again and just needs some luck from the inside second row. There’s not a lot between her and Bettor My Dreamz. She’s a lovely mare.”
Saturday night at Melton
Race 8: Perfect Stride
11pm NZ time
“I’m confident he’ll go well. I couldn’t say I’m overly confident he’ll beat them but all things being fair and equal I think he’ll be right there. He’s certainly ready to go. His work this morning was super and he’s really feeling good.”
Saturday night at Albion Park
Race 6: Northview Hustler
9.40pm NZ time
“It’s only an eight horse field and he should get a great trip behind the leader. It was only (lack of) fitness that got him last week but he should be winning this week.”