Bondi will give it a real Shake from the pole on Tuesday and Larry’s a terrific chance too

Improving pacer Bondi Shake has drawn to lead and win at Albion Park on Tuesday.

Trainer Al Barnes was delighted when the Somebeachsomewhere gelding drew the pole for the fifth race after his excellent placing last week from the second row.

Bondi Shake followed the pacemaking ex-Kiwi Boomchuckalucka all the way last week and never flinched on his challenge up the straight, despite having missed a couple of day’s work through flooding.

Bondi Shake, who is still officially two until the end of the month, clocked 55.08 for his closing 800 metres and 27.68 for his last 400, with the mile rate a good 1:55.4.

“I was really happy with him, he kept trying, and he’s improving all the time.

“It’s a nice field but I don’t think they’ll beat him in front.”

Larry Lincoln …”airborne”Larry Lincoln …”airborne”Barnes is also expecting Larry Lincoln and Man Of Action to go well in the following race, drawn the two inside spots.

Larry Lincoln was particularly impressive at his last start when he swept up four wide on the home turn and was right in the fight up the straight, finishing a close fourth.

“He’s airborne at the moment and from two will put himself right in it and be very hard to beat.

“Man Of Action should also be in the money from the inside draw.”

The likely favourite is the Craig Cross-trained Ranger Bomb but he has drawn the outside of the gate.

Bondi Shake races at 5.33pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.Bondi Shake races at 5.33pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.Man Of Action and Larry Lincoln race at 6.12pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.Man Of Action and Larry Lincoln race at 6.12pm NZ time at Albion Park on Tuesday.

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Race 2: Frisco Bay

“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”

Race 2: Lenny Lincoln

“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”

Race 3: Obadiah Dragon

“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”

Race 3: Leo Lincoln

“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”

Dan Costello Race Photography