Classy 4 year-old looks back to best

Graeme Anderson
Graeme Anderson
Westwood Beach flier Eamon Maguire is ready for take two on his 4yr-old season at Forbury Park tonight.

The reigning Otago horse of the year shocked his backers when he resumed with a below-par effort in the Tuapeka Cup in October.

The very wet conditions that day did not seem ideal for any horse resuming off a back mark, but trainer Graeme Anderson is not blaming the soaked Forbury Park track.

"It could have been any number of things, really. We just put a line through it and moved on and let him have two weeks out in the paddock," the trainer said.

The horse has tuned up for race 8 tonight with a trial and workout win on the track.

Those efforts and the horse’s recent work have Anderson thinking Eamon Maguire is over whatever was bugging him in October.

"I think he’s back to his best. His work here this week was as good as it has ever been."

The Tim Butt and Jonny Cox-trained Rocknroll Magic should give Eamon Maguire plenty to chase from his front-line draw.

The usually reliable standing-start beginner ran a cracking race when  third after leading in a handy middle-grade field at Addington on Show Day.

Eamon Maguire’s driver, Matt Anderson, is riding a wave of success this season which he hopes will continue this weekend.

His move to leave Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen’s stable and team up with Rangiora trainer Mitchell Kerr has resulted in  him racking up 17 wins in the sulky already this term. Anderson had not reached that tally until April when he drove 25 winners last season.

The driver is in for a busy weekend. After driving at Addington last night and Forbury Park tonight,

Anderson will drive at both Invercargill and Addington on Saturday and Motukarara on Sunday.

Outside  Eamon Maguire, the reinsman rates Lilac Flash in race 5 at Invercargill as his leading hope over the five meetings, he said.

Veteran Waimate trotter Valmagne gets an ideal opportunity to return to winning form in race 7, tonight’s feature trot at Forbury Park. 

The horse has been butting heads with classy performers including Everybody Knows, Harriet Of Mot and Dark Horse in its recent starts.

The 155-start veteran was less than six lengths behind Everybody Knows in free-for-all company at Methven, last weekend.

The Craig and Josh Kennett-trained 10yr-old drops to race rating 67 and lower trotters tonight.

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