Our man’s ready for action at Cambridge on Friday night and Ray has the gear issue sorted
It should be straight to the front and see ya’ later for Man Of Action when he resumes at Cambridge on Friday night.
Drawn two in the second race, driver Zachary Butcher should have no trouble leading and dictating on the half brother to Make Way, judging by the way he’s dispatched his rivals in his last two trials and a workout at Pukekohe.
And trainer Ray Green says gear changes he’s made to the three-year-old should stop any late indiscretions from blotting his run on Friday.
Despite winning his last two trials, Man Of Action has put in short gallops 200 metres from home, before recovering to win.
But Green believes he’s had the horse’s hopples a little long.
“We’ve pulled them up a hole and and also pulled up his overcheck which should steady him up.
“On paper he looks the winner. He’s a lot stronger now than the last time he raced. He’s always had the ability but just couldn’t finish it off.”
Man Of Action last raced at Auckland in July when he led and was collared 100 metres out, and he was also close up in his three previous starts at Alexandra Park when he racked up a second and two thirds in stronger fields than he meets at Cambridge.
His biggest threat on Friday night looks to be Tony Herlihy’s Delightful Catherine, who dragged a punctured tyre after an early check last start and was held up badly turning for home in her previous start.
Green says he isn’t oozing in confidence with Lincoln Farms’ other runner on Friday, but says if Classie Reactor can get round safely in the fourth race, he can finish in the money.
Classic Reactor had a rough introduction to northern racing early last month when he had to work wide and hard to find the death seat at Auckland, and weakened in the stretch, eventually pacing roughly and breaking 50 metres out.
“He wasn’t 100 percent sound then but we’ve done a lot of work in that department and think we’ve rectified that.
“There are a few handy ones in there like Steve Telfer’s Parker and Ivana Flybye, but he’s got a bit of speed.
“I don’t want to send him though. I want to see him get round safely without doing anything wrong.
“He does get a knee that way round. I think he goes better right-handed which is the way he’s been trialling.
“But I’ll put a spreader on him on Friday which will help.”
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Friday night at Albion Park
Race 6: Double Or Nothing
7.25pm NZ time
“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.”
Race 7: Sir Tiger
8pm NZ time
“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.”
Friday night at Auckland
Race 2: Man Of Action
“The ones he beat the other night weren’t much chop so he’ll have to step up. I didn’t think he was that impressive but he might just be one of those horses who don’t try too hard when they’re being attacked. He might be better off racing off the pace. He could beat them again but I couldn’t label him.”
Race 8: Classie Reactor
“He just burned too hard early at Cambridge and beat himself. He’s obviously not a tough horse. I think he’ll be a much better proposition if he’s saved for one run - and he’s got the speed to excel doing that.”