Just Wing It swoops on Pukekohe rivals like the next winner for Merv
Just Wing It looks like being the next winner for Merv Butterworth in the Lincoln green colours after he jogged home in his first workout since joining trainer Ray Green.
Just two days after the leading Australian owner enjoyed a track record win with Zealand Star at Cambridge, Green let Just Wing It stretch his wings in a 2050 metre heat for up to rating 50 horses.
And considering he moved to Lincoln Farms’ Pukekohe barn only six weeks ago it augurs well for his future that he easily accounted for his opposition.
Allowed to drop out to the rear early, driver Zachary Butcher manoeuvred the Art Major four-year-old into the one-one with a lap to run.
And when Butcher pulled him out three wide before the home turn, he quickly pounced on the leaders, getting home by three-quarters of a length, holding off a late dash by Pekeson with closing sectionals of 61 and 28.9.
His overall time of 2:38.3 was nothing to write home about, the mile rate 2:04.2, but it was the way he achieved it that impressed Green.
“He’s got a bit of speed and he should win a race, and do it quite quickly.
“He steered quite well today and for a first run that was excellent.’’
Just Wing It will wear spreaders because he can hit a knee but Green says “he’s no slug.
“The more we do with him the better he seems to get.
“And he has shown a bit in the past.’’
Just Wing It, whose dam Starling left 18-race winner (Our) Blackbird, and last week’s Otaki winner The Night Hawk, previously raced from the stable of Michael Purdon. In five starts between August and October last year he recorded two thirds, clocking 2:42.7 in the second of them behind Power Dreaming at Auckland.
“I’ll give him another workout and see how he is but he’ll be at the races pretty soon.’’
More news in Harness
Naughty Girl will trial on Tuesday as Al tries new gear to settle her down
That’s our boy Recco - 1:52.2 at Menangle and he came from last!
At long last, Sir Tiger gets a good draw on Thursday - and just watch Zac use it
Al: The start’s critical for Lincoln’s Girl - ‘If she leads, they won’t beat her’
Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them
Tuesday at Albion Park
Race 2: Lincoln’s Girl
4.12pm NZ time
“She’s drawn badly but we’ll be going forward for a crack and, if she leads, I don’t think they can beat her. I’m confident she can run top three even if she has to park. She won easily first-up and was nowhere near ready. She’s improved greatly since then and her trackwork this week has been strong.”
Thursday night at Cambridge
Race 3: Sir Tiger
“He’s finally got a draw we can use and in that field he’ll be hard to beat. We had blinkers on him last week for the first time and he just over-raced. They’re coming off.”