Northview Hustler (Hayden Barnes) powers home in 55 to win at Tuesday’s Albion Park trials.

‘Leader Peter’ just the right man for the job on Northview Hustler on Saturday night

Northview Hustler’s chances of winning at Albion Park on Saturday night should be decided in the first 400 metres.

From gate four, the Hustler will be making a strong bid for the front, the best tactics to beat Queensland star Colt Thirty One, who is on the second row, and last start winners Major Cam and Glenferrie Hood who have drawn the outside of the arm.

And trainer Al Barnes says, in the absence of his suspended son Hayden, he has just the right man in the cart to find the front in premiership leader Pete McMullen.

“He’s one of the best drivers over here, he’s very aggressive - they call him leader Peter,” says Barnes.

Pete McMullen … will gun out Northview Hustler.Pete McMullen … will gun out Northview Hustler.“There’s plenty of speed inside him and the one horse, Smooth Showgirl, has the speed to lead. But it might take a sit over 2138 metres so we’ll push on and see how we go.

“If we lead, we’ll be making the favourites earn it and he’ll become a live chance of winning.”

Barnes says the Hustler is plenty fit enough for his first-up run after three trial wins, running a slick 55 last half in the latest on Tuesday.

“There are no easy races for him now he’s in the top grade but he’ll run well. And after this race we’ll be ready for the upcoming features.”

The Hustler’s first test will come in the $25,630 Listed Redcliffe Gold Cup, over 2613 metres on Saturday week.

After that he has the A$20,830 Wondai’s Mate (1660m) on July 11, the A$25,630 Mr Feelgood (2138m) on July 18 and A$25,630 Lucky Creed (2680m) on July 25, all at Albion Park.

Northview Hustler will be having his first start since running second on March 14 after which Barnes sent him for scans to identify the cause of prolonged bleeding in his off front fetlock.

The horse’s last win came last September, when he mile-rated 1:54.3 over tomorrow night’s 2138 metres.

Northview Hustler races at 10.07pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.Northview Hustler races at 10.07pm NZ time at Albion Park on Saturday night.

Our runners this week: How our trainer rates them

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Wednesday night at Auckland

Race 1: Apieceoflou

“He’s really only in the field to get experience. He’s not up to the other two at this stage. He’s a big, slow maturing horse. He keeps improving without being spectacular but he’s a real trier.”

Race 1: Captain Nemo

“He’s been going well at the workouts without winning. He and Franco Nandor are both nice colts and I expect them to develop into tidy three-year-olds.”

Race 1: Franco Nandor

“He’s won his last two workouts but has a tricky draw and there are a couple of others in the race who go well. He’ll definitely improve with the outing.”

Race 4: American Dealer

“I like him as a horse and he’s likely to take the most improvement out of his latest trial because of his temperament. He’s a laid back individual and looks the best of our lot.”

Race 4: Larry Lincoln

“Larry’s very fast and he’s as forward as the other fella but I don’t know how tough he is yet. The draw’s a bit tricky.”

Race 4: Man Of Action

“He trialled super last Friday and never goes a bad race. We chucked him in the deep end with the bear cats in his last few runs and I think he’ll go well in this field. He’s on the up and is a much stronger horse now.”

Race 7: Copy That

“He’s the class horse of the field but he won’t be on top of his game yet. I’ll be instructing Maurice not to send him on a mission, especially as it’s over 2700 metres. He’ll still go well but I’m not expecting him to just line up and win. I couldn’t label him first-up.”

Dan Costello Race Photography