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Double Or Nothing gets a front row draw at Albion Park on Friday, Sir Tiger too

The way Double Or Nothing chewed up his rivals from a bad draw in his Queensland debut at Albion Park augurs well for his second start on Friday from the front row.

And expect a dividend-filling run from Sir Tiger too, drawn the pole in the final race, even though he failed to beat one home last week.

Double Or Nothing really impressed driver Hayden Barnes last Thursday when he started from the outside of the second row, looped the field to lead at the bell, and won with the handbrake on in 1:55.4.

While up in grade this week, in a rating 60 to 70 race, trainer Al Barnes says it’s not an overly strong race and Double Or Nothing is sure to acquit himself well again.

“We’re keeping him fresh and he’s doing well. He doesn’t need a lot of work - he showed that by winning last week, coming off a bit of a break.

“He’ll have improved with the run and from five on the front row he’ll go forward and be hard to beat.”

Barnes says Sir Tiger has also had a nice quiet week and will go better than many expect in his heat of the Rising Stars.

The horse endured a horror trip last week through no fault of his own, first three wide with cover, then three wide solo the last lap, just off the leaders, before dropping out.

“I thought it was a good effort to finish only 20 metres from the winner when it went 1:54.7.

“I’m expecting him to go well this week and he should definitely run in three from the ace draw.

“He’s getting out of the gate well and should be quick enough to hold his position without using him too much.”

Barnes can see Sir Tiger capitalising on a handy markers trip and qualifying for the A$16,000 Rising Stars Final the following week.

Double Or Nothing races at 7.25pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Double Or Nothing races at 7.25pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Sir Tiger races at 8pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.Sir Tiger races at 8pm NZ time at Albion Park on Friday night.

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Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Cambridge

Race 3: Lincoln Lou
6.39pm

“He’s a beautiful little horse and I’m looking forward to seeing him run. It’s hard to know how good he is, or how far he’ll go, but I guess we’ll find out on Friday. He’s the one to beat from the draw. If he doesn’t win, he won’t be far away.”

Race 5: Commander Lincoln
7.31pm

“I won’t be holding my breath. He tries hard enough but he lacks a bit of high speed.”

Race 8: Onyx Shard
8.55pm

“It’s two and a half months since she last raced, and she didn’t grow as much as I thought she would, but I’m expecting her to go a good race. Her last two trials have been good and she’s pulled up well.”

Race 8: Obadiah Dragon
8.55pm

“He’ll need a good trip from five but he’s not out of it. He went a good race last time at Cambridge and would be as equal a chance as Onxy Shard.”

Race 8: Beaudiene Rocknroll
8.55pm

“It’s heart-in-the-mouth stuff with him until they let them go but he should step away this time. Zac (Butcher) said the gate went particularly slowly before that race and that’s why he got impatient. I thought he did well to recover for third. If he made the front, where he goes best, he’d be hard to beat.”

Race 9: Frisco Bay
9.22pm

“He’s a tidy horse and I’m expecting a big run. We’ve sorted the problem he had with his breathing last season and he’s right in the zone now after a second and a win at the workouts.”

Mark Dux

Mark Dux’s comments

Saturday night at Albion Park

Race 5: Argyle
11.02pm NZ time

“It wouldn’t have mattered where he drew this week, he’s in the money, barring bad luck. He’s going terrific and he gets in so well at the ratings.”

Dan Costello Race Photography