No need for Freud to analyse Dreamz - that workout today tells us he’s right in the zone
Bettor My Dreamz showed he had trained on well since his smart win at Auckland when he chased the smart Dance Time home in slick time at today’s Pukekohe workouts.
Driver David Butcher was content to sit third of four in the 2050 metre heat until the 800 metre mark when he moved up to sit parked.
And while he was still two lengths astern of leader Dance Time at the post, it was a strong effort with the last 800 metres cut out in 56.9 and 400 metres in a very zippy 26.1.
The performance augured well for Bettor My Dreamz, a rating 68 pacer given Dance Time, who with 10 wins to his name, is rated 94.
“He went well,” said Butcher. “They went pretty quick and he felt good.”
Andre Poutama was also very happy with Just Wing It who, even though he was last of the four, was just one and a half lengths behind Bettor My Deamz.
“He’s on point for next week. We just need a draw now.”
Trainer Ray Green has been delighted with the way Just Wing It has been training in the last couple of weeks and believes he has some good form ahead of him.
The Empress also looked one to follow when she powered home for second in her 2050 metre heat, despite sitting without cover for the last lap.
With closing sectionals of 57.3 and 26.6, The Empress did well to run Barry Purdon’s Flying Finn to one and three-quarter lengths, with the overall mile rate for the trip 2:02.
“She went to the line well,” said Potama. “I clocked her at 26.8 home and I still had a good hold of her.”
Butcher was happy enough with Sir Tiger’s run even tough he didn’t feature in the call.
“He went OK. He just lacks a bit of speed and couldn’t sprint with them.”
Butcher didn’t ask classy three-year-old Line Up for his best late in the up to rating 55 heat over 2050 metres.
“I went to let him go in the run home and he put in a loose one.”
Knowing Line Up had galloped late in his workout last week, Butcher wanted to make sure he didn’t repeat the mistake.
“He was getting in a bit but not too bad.”
Line Up sat second last in the seven horse field until Butcher eased out to move closer a round from home.
“When I came out he wanted to hook into it, instead of mooching up, so I just sat on him.
“And I wasn’t going to chase The Paua Diver when he went as fast as he could at the 400.”
At the post The Paua Diver, a capable southerner now with John and Josh Dickie, had a three and a half length margin over Highview Justice with a neck to Line Up.
The heat was run in a slick 2:35.3, with the last 800 metres in 56.9 and 400 in 26.6, good time for that class.
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Friday night at Auckland
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.”