Vampiro leading the way for a strong Mangos barn this Thursday night at The Park
Brent Mangos has a very nice team of five horses lining up for the first meeting of 2017 here at The Park this Thursday night and while all eyes will be on the return to the racetrack of Maxim, the recent addition to his team who hasn't raced for a few months short of three years, the horse he thinks that will be leading the way this week for his barn is the 3-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Vampiro, who on the back of an unlucky debut seventh and subsequent strong workout win at Pukekohe, looks to be very hard to beat from the pole position in the sixth on the card. The AP newsdesk caught up with Mango & here's what he had to say.
Race 1 (9) Saint Michel – “The ability is there and when he puts it together, he always goes a mighty race in this grade. His work has been pleasing and if he decides that tonight is going to be one of those nights when he does things right, he would have to rate a chance of fighting out the finish.”
Race 6 (1) Vampiro – “He’s drawn perfectly, his workout last week was top notch and he had absolutely no luck at his debut outing in what was run in a super quick time for the non-winners grade that night. There are a couple of nice types in this race but I am really happy with with how he is leading into this and given a few things work in his favour, I would rate him by best winning chance of the night.”
Race 8 (9) Te Horo Hazel – “Her formline hasn’t inspired a great deal to date but her last start effort for third was really nice and showed she is heading in the right direction. Her manners are by no means full-proof and she will need to improve them before she is able to be competitive week after week. She is definitely on the improve though and if she was to get around in one piece, she wouldn’t be too far off them at the finish.”
Race 8 (11) Roi Des Gitans – “This guy is a new addition to team from the South and comes into this race fresh without a trial. His work at home has been quite pleasing though and while it’s never easy coming up from the South seeing The Park for the first time, he is another that if he was to do things right has the scope to be fighting out the finish.”
Race 9 (3) Maxim – “He hasn’t raced for nearly three years and Thursday’s race will be a good indication to us of where he’s at. His work at home has been real good though and he’s had a couple of workouts in recent weeks to prepare himself for this fresh-up assignment. The small field will suit and while there is a definite watch over any horse who hasn’t seen the race track in nearly three years, we all know how good he can be and I would expect him to go pretty well in this.”