Watch for a couple of first-up South Island starters from the Derek Balle stable at Alexandra Park on Friday night.

The Pukekohe horseman has four horses nominated for the meeting and here’s how he rated the quartet:

PHILADELPHIA H (Race 2 – Zac Butcher): “She’s a well-bred filly out of Martina H. She will make it as a trotter but is still very green yet. Zac gets on good with my trotters.This one trots ok around home and steps away well but it’s different on race night. I will be holding my breath around that first corner. If she can negotiate that then I’d rate her a 2.5 out of 5.”

COOL SON (Race 2 – Derek Balle): “He’s a very nice horse who has come north to attack the better stakes on offer. He is owned by the same people who have Cool Cobber. He should be better for the run but in saying that he’s a former Southlander who has had 35 starts. He’s a good each way chance. 3.5 out of 5.”

MUM BEAT LYALL (Race 4 – Derek Balle): “She has a few issues but the owners thought she would go well up here in the north. This is her first start for me. She’s not a smooth gaited trotter but she is improving. I think she would rate a 4 out of 5 against this field.”

WAVERLEY CHAPEL (Race 5 – Zac Butcher): “She’s getting stronger all the time and has good gate speed so the draw suits her ideally. She was a nice fourth last time on the track in May. She’s capable. 3.5 out of 5”.


By Duane Ranger