Sectional standouts for this Friday's meeting at The Park
Killer Queen (R5 N1) comes up with a nice barrier draw this week and she has options as to where she puts herself in the race. She drew wide last week and had no option but to go back. She had to come wide on the bend and was sighted putting in some good bounds late to finish just in behind them. She ran her last half in 58.7 which was the equal fastest last half of the race and with a bit of luck from the pole position on Friday night, that run would’ve topped her off nicely for this and represents a pretty good top three chance at nice odds.
Formula One (R5 N2) is looking like he could be a good bet a nice odds this Friday night, given a combination of his sectionals last week, his trainer’s comments on his chances and his good draw. In a race where he drew wide, had to be taken back and was then held up at a crucial point in the home straight only before clearing out of a pocket when it was too late, he still ran his final mile just as quick as the winner in 1.59.8. If he is to get any luck this week, he could top his recent run of unlucky performances and get home at very nice odds.
Bevan’s Cullen (R6 N10) was massive last week, putting in an uncharacteristic break early and having to settle at the back of the field a fair way from the leaders. He was up against some very tidy animals in that race and you could have been forgiven for throwing your ticket away after that early mistake. But he settled well and ran home strongly in tight space, running his final half quicker than anything else in the race in a fast 55.5. He has been in strong form up against good horses in all of his recent starts and from two on the second line, he should get a nice run throughout and be very hard to beat at nice each way odds.
Harrysul (R7 N9) was the real eye-catcher in the feature trot last week, breaking early in behind the mobile and working hard to catch the field and still sighted running on best of the rest late. This week’s edition of the C3 & Faster trot over the 2700m from the stand represents a slightly easier task for him and with that look at the track under his belt, he looks hard to beat. His closing sectionals were right up there with the impressive winner Foray, clocking his final mile in 1.58.5. Watch out for him with a clean getaway early and another that will represent a tidy price.
Finishing sixth in a ten horse field isn’t the most inspiring formline but when you’re only just over 2 lengths from second, the run starts to look a whole lot better. Add to that running the fastest sectionals across the board out of all the runners in the race and you start to work your way into the ‘black book’. Stand Sure (R8 N6) may have only finished sixth last week but take out the in-form River Emperor and this looks a race where Stand Sure could get you home at some very nice odds. He settled back from his wide draw and had to come four & five wide on the bend before straightening up and lengthening out Late. His final half was the quickest in the race at 58.4 as was his final mile of 2.02.8. He may not have set the world on fire with those times but up against a similar field to that of last week with the winner removed, he looks like one that could send you into the weekend on a good note.
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