Five horses well worth a look at Winton tomorrow

Harness racing fans will get to enjoy a bigger and better than ever Winton Cup Day tomorrow. Racing journalist Jonny Turner has selected five horses that are set to star at Central Southland Raceway.



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The 3-year-old became a viral sensation with his epic win in his last visit to Winton.

A repeat of Dream Are Free’s effort to catch the field after losing up to 20 lengths at the start looks unlikely tomorrow, but he can still play a starring role.

The pacer comes in fresh after returning from a luckless Northern Derby tilt, but his class should take him a long way.

Taking on a small field also makes the pacer’s wide draw a little more workable.

All factors look to add up to Dreams Are Free being hard to beat.



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On bloodlines alone, Always Dreaming has to be a horse to watch.

The pacer’s baby brother just sold at the national yearling sales for a record $340,000 while older brother Don’t Stop Dreaming will start favourite in the $1million The Race by Grins tonight.

Always Dreaming has built a handy reputation of his own which only went up following his strong last start third in the Kindergarten Stakes behind two classy 2-year-olds.

Though drawing wide on the front line is against him, Always Dreaming should take plenty of holding out.



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He’s not one of the pin-up horses heading into the meeting but he does look like a big winning chance.

Falcons Watch produced a strong last-start third at Winton, coming in off a freshen-up and fighting on strongly in a race dominated by swooping backmarkers.

Having leading reinsman Blair Orange back in the sulky looks one of several plusses.

An improved draw this week and his gate speed give big hopes that Falcons Watch can lead and take some catching.



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The rising star of southern trotting will be out to strut his stuff.

The big-striding trotter produced an emphatic statement when continuing his outstanding form with a crushing last-start win at Addington.

Fiery Bandito will face another tough task with a 30m handicap no easy mark to overcome over 2400m.

But the trotter has all the class needed to win and will have no shortage of fans to cheer him on.



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This impressive pacer keeps meeting every challenge put in front of him, so it is hard to doubt him heading into the Winton Cup.

As well as showing speed and stamina, Pinseeker has shown standing-start manners and tractability in his short but impressive career.

Lining up from a 20m handicap, giving many of his rivals a head-start, will be no simple task for the 4-year-old tomorrow.

But if trainer-driver Jonny Cox can negotiate the right path for Pinseeker he should take plenty of holding out.