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Locals are likely to feel more comfortable about one of the Southland and Canterbury trainers making a winning raid to Oamaru tomorrow than they are about the rest.
Southland trainer-driver Nathan Williamson, who is Oamaru born and bred, will take a five-horse team to the Oamaru harness racing meeting and is likely to come away with some of the spoils.
Among Williamson's best chances is his first-starter, Denham Maguire, who lines up on the back of consecutive workout wins.
The pacer beat subsequent race winner Share The Road in one of those efforts and his trainer thinks he has a decent future.
"He is a horse that we have got a lot of time for. He should be hard to roll.''
Though the Mach Three pacer has drawn a tricky marble (barrier 6), Williamson does have an ace up his sleeve which he is likely to play at the start.
"He has got a lot of gate speed so I expect him to be heading forward.''
Williamson lines up trotter Takenoprisoners who is looking for redemption in
race 6 tomorrow.
In his last start, the squaregaiter was winding into a good late finish when a galloping rival caused chaos and Takenoprisoners went in to a break.
Williamson was still encouraged by the way Takenoprisoners was rounding off the race, which pointed to him being on top of his game, he said.
Williamson returns trotter She's Allthe Craze to the track in race 8 today, after nearly 14 months away from racing.
The half-sister to Springbank Lachie had some minor niggles that kept her out of action, but, most recently, finding a suitable race has delayed her return.
"She will improve with racing, but she has come up really well and I am really happy with her,'' Williamson said.
The trainer-driver also lines up first-starter McKenzie Mara from a tricky second row-draw in race 7.
His only other runner, Ash, must beat out likely favourite Tessa's Pride to win today's opening event.
Williamson has a busy weekend as he is also starting four horses at today's Invercargill meeting.
Svelt is a trotter Williamson holds in decent regard and she will be having her first start for him in race 1 today.
"She is a horse that is on the market. I am not sure how long we will have her for but she is a nice horse.''
Denn Nee Nose Best adds a strong second chance to the horseman's trotting chances in race 6 today.
"I have got a bit of time for Denn Nee Nose Best in that sort of field. Her work has improved during the week.''
- By Jonny Turner