Pukekohe trainer Derek Balle has seven horses accepted for his home town meeting at Alexandra Park this Friday night, and rated Bruno Paillard as his best winning prospect of the night.

Here’s what Balle had to say about his team (in order of winning chances):

Race 5: BRUNO PAILLARD (3) – “He found one or two a little bit too sharp for him last start, but he’s better than that. He’s trained on really well and is not as fat as he was. He will continue to race here throughout the spring and summer and against tonight’s opposition I rate him a real winning show – especially from one on the 10m mark. I like him on Friday – 4.5 out of 5.”

Race 4: POSH (9) – “She’s much better than her recent runs suggest. She has drawn ideally behind the likely pace-maker on the second line. She is improving with each run and even though she can be a bit ‘skippity-hoppity’ but I’d rate her a good chance here. 4 out of 5.”

Race 5: KNAPDALE GIRL (9) – “This is another mare the owners have brought back to Auckland (from Australia) to breed with. She went okay (fourth) at the Workouts on the track on Saturday. She will probably need the run first up but you never know with Sundons, they have surprised me before. Regardless she will improve on the run no matter what she does on Friday. 3.5.”Footnote: Knapdale Lady has won two races in New Zealand and five in Australia. She last raced at Ararat on August 12 and finished eighth of 11. She had her first Aussie race on February 11, 2012. This is her first start at Alexandra Park.

Race 6: LIVE LIFE BETTA (11) – “I’m not sure what game this mare will bring to the races on Friday. She might be getting near the end of it and need a break. Mind you they went 1;55 when she finished seventh at Cambridge last week. She drew 12 that night and has won a few more races than most of her opposition. But she’s hard to get a line on. 3.”

Race 9: THATSHOWIE ROLL (5) – “I don’t know much about this fella. He has just come up from the South Island and he felt good when I hoppled him this morning. The 2700m might trip him up first-up at ‘The Park’ but he seems very happy within himself. 3 out of 5.”

Race 10: COOL SON (10) – “He’s a bit of a head-case who still doesn’t know how to trot all the way. I’ve added a murphy blind and a pole this week, so I’m hoping that will keep him down. He prefers the left-handed way around, but in saying that if he steps and does things right he could win that race. That’s a big if though. 3”

Race 1: GLAMAR GIRLS (2) – “She’s up from the South Island and the owner has brought her back to breed from her after a couple of runs. She’s still a bit green and to be fair I don’t know much about her. We will know after Friday how long she is worth carrying on with. I’d rate her a 2.5 out of 5.”


By Duane Ranger