Draw to aid Scandalous

Landing a handy barrier draw could mean Wingatui mare Scandalous finally breaks her maiden status today.

The Steven Prince-trained galloper will attempt to cap a run of four consecutive second placings with victory in race 6, over 1600m.

Prince hoped the 4yr-old's barrier draw of 4 would be the key to Scandalous producing winning form at her 13th start.

''She has been plagued by bad draws.

''She drew on the outer [barrier 14] in her last run [at Wingatui on March 25] and had to do a wee bit of work.

''Then she got into the worst part of the track.''

'' . . . hopefully she can get a much better run from 4.

Prince also expects the change from side winkers to blinkers on Scandalous' bridle to help her chances of winning.

''She was just inclined to run around a bit last time, so we will see if we can't straighten her up with blinkers.

''She galloped in them on Tuesday morning and she felt really good.''

Jockeys who had ridden the Shocking mare recently had said she could get on a winning roll once she cracked her first win, Prince said.

''Dylan Turner and Jacob Lowry have both said that once she gets out of maidens she could carry on with it.

''It has been a wee bit frustrating that she has not won one yet, but she is a lovely mare and has just taken a bit of time.''

Northern rider Leah Hemi, who has been in brilliant form at recent meetings in Otago and Southland, will combine with Scandalous today.

The Shocking mare meets a line-up that includes several horses with placed form and who also look capable of gaining their maiden victory at short notice.

They include Rain Man, Eager Beaver, Shock N Awe and Reliable Glow.

Prince also starts Poilu in race 6, to be ridden by Jason Laking.

The 4yr-old has been battling for form and is definitely the second stringer of his two chances in the race.

Prince lines up the first-starter Lugano's Ace in race 3, today's maiden sprint over 1200m.

The Swiss Ace 3yr-old has been in strong form at the Wingatui jumpouts in preparation for her race debut.

Lugano's Ace and race rival Index filled the placings behind Penang Tiger in a 1000m dash early last month.

The winner went on to run a strong race for third in his first start at Wingatui later in the month.

Lugano's Ace then won a jumpout earlier this month, defeating another race rival in Chookie's Girl.

Despite having that good grounding in readiness for her debut, Lugano's Ace still had things to learn about racing, Prince said.

''She is a wee bit green, but she goes all right.

''The first time she had a jumpout she stood in the barriers and was as green as. I rode her the next time and she was not too bad.

''And when she won [at the jumpouts] the other day she was good, but there were only three in it.''

Plowshare will no longer wear blinkers when he starts in race 4, a rating 65 event over 1400m.

''He has gone his best races when he has gone back and gone around them, so we will try and do that again..''

Cocee will be an outside chance for the Prince stable in race 7, a rating 65 event over 1600m.

Hemi will also ride both Plowshare and Hemi.


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