Make Way has shown he can follow a hot speed and tough it out. PHOTO: Race Images.

Hard work on Make Way pays off and he’ll take his place in the big New Year’s Eve final

Make Way is back in business and will take his place in Monday’s $200,000 Sales Series Final at Auckland.

Trainer Ray Green feared the worst after the colt pulled a shoe and punctured his foot last Wednesday.

But after two days of tubbing and poulticing, Make Way stepped out surprisingly sound on Saturday morning and Green was able to work the horse.

“He just got better and better and the worry’s all over now. He came through the work well and is nice and sound and back to where he should be.’’

Green says Make Way didn’t miss any work and will hopefully get his chance from the inside of the second row in the big three-year-old finale.

Make Way follows out the now $1.20 unbeaten favourite Ultimate Sniper whose driver Natalie Rasmussen will no doubt be keen to stave off the early attention of Heisenberg in two to avoid being pocketed.

The prospect of getting the perfect suck along in the trail has seen make Make Way hold his place as sixth favourite at $35.

With the large stake, Make Way’s 18 owners would pick up nearly $8500 if he can even run fourth which is more than he received for winning his last race in November.

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Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 1: Man Of Action

“He should get out well at the start and won’t have to do too much work from the inside alley. While I don’t think he could win he’s a big, lazy type who has yet to be smacked on the bum.’’

Race 1: Perfect Stride

“He missed four days’ work after standing on the nail and it could have left him a little bit short for Friday. But he’s still classy enough to win it, especially from the perfect draw.”

Race 1: Tommy Lincoln

“I only really entered him to make sure the race got off the ground but he’s going well enough to be there. He isn’t really a genuine two-year-old but he won’t disgrace himself.’’

Race 1: Double Or Nothing

“He’ll make Perfect Stride earn it. I drove him in work on Tuesday and the way he felt he’s gone on from where he was previously. He keeps improving and will be a serious chance.’’

Race 1: Sir Tiger

“He’s had to rough it both times and has another wide draw on Friday night. He’s honest and will go round OK but it’s hard to see him footing it with some of the others from out there.’’

Race 1: Copy That

“Ability wise he’s as good as Perfect Stride and Double Or Nothing but he hasn’t quite got their game yet. He’ll go back at the start but if he could slot in somewhere and things went his way he could get some of it.’’

Race 4: Beaudiene Blinkz

“She’s extremely honest but the other filly should have the wood on her. She does have the pedigree to lift her game on the day however and has the speed to use her good draw.’’

Race 4: Hilary Barry

“She’s a lovely driving filly who you can put anywhere in a race. If she can get a good trip behind the one horse (Emmber) she can be right in it but it’s hard to line up all these unknown quantities.’’

Race 5: Recco Lover

“Even though he trained well on Tuesday morning I think he’ll be short of a run because he had a big break with that first sale pending. He trialled nicely recently but blew out halfway down the straight.’’

Race 5: Zealand Star

“I wouldn’t normally back him up three weeks in a row but he’s come out of last week’s race very well. If he’d been one spot closer at Cambridge he’d have won for fun. He needs to get a suck into it late.’’

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