With the amount of racing during the holiday break, plenty of
horses are backing up quickly from their last races to the
next. This creates a problem for some clubs, who have to
print their books around the availability of commercial
printers but are still trying to provide up-to-date
information to on-course punters. There's no easy fix, but
keep it in mind if you're on course and considering your bet
- your horse's last run in the book might not actually be its
I Can Pace-it?
You would think after 18 wins in a row against the best
trotters Australasia has to offer, the last thing I Can
Doosit would do in a race is start to pace. It baffled Mark
Purdon, it baffled the viewers watching Monday's trotters'
flying mile and it baffled me. I don't imagine ''baffled''
was the word in the mind of the punter who whacked $14,000 on
I Can Doosit at $1.25, mind you. His effort to finish fourth
on a 1.55.2 mile time was phenomenal and you can only assume
he will be back on his best behaviour at Alexandra Park on
Monday. That $14,000 punter might get a slightly better price
this time - if he has any money left.
Stick with him
Speaking of horses giving the opposition big starts, keep an
eye on Monty Python next time he lines up for Phil
Williamson. He certainly wasn't the Messiah at Gore yesterday
in a maiden trot, just a very naughty boy as he galloped for
200m before catching up and running a huge fifth.
A festive bouquet goes to Wingatui track curator Wayne
Stevens and his team. Horses won from everywhere at Wingatui
on Wednesday - on the pace, off the pace, inside and out.
Considering the different weather conditions they had to deal
with in the days prior and Boxing Day itself, it was a
sterling effort. I am sure you wouldn't necessarily
appreciate a floral bouquet from me, Wayne, so let's consider
it a metaphorical bouquet.
I don't expect to be beatified if John Of Arc comes in at the
Winton harness meeting tomorrow in race 8. He's been big in
his two seconds to date, and while the second-line draw
doesn't suit, he's good enough to overcome that.