Smooth Sailor from the Dennis Picker stable at Bigga could be the surprise package in Sunday’s TAB.COM.AU Tom and Angela Hewitt Memorial at the Goulburn Paceway.
Scheduled as the last race of the day, the $12,720 event has drawn together a capacity field of very strong in-form pacers. All horses engaged having realistic winning chances and luck in running will be the key factor in determining who comes out on top.
Smooth Sailor has drawn gate 9 and comes out behind the number 1 horse Pocket of Terror who is a renowned leader. He is likely to settle on the peg line in the first half of the field. As the winner of 11 races, Picker’s pacer can unwind a quick sprint and with luck he is capable of overhauling the leaders and taking the honours.
The 6 year old gelding is owned by Picker’s partner Jamie Smith, and two starts back was a narrow winner of the $15,900 Bathurst RSL Soldiers Saddle. He followed that up with a very good second behind Real Obsession at Goulburn in late December.
Prestonpans from the Tim Butt stable at Menangle is a New Zealander having his first start in Australia. A winner of his last three races, he has been topped off for his debut with a very good fourth in a recent Menangle trial. Others with good chances include Volaticus and the Brad Hewitt trained and driven Real Obsession.
The $12,720 Goulburn Soldiers Club Walla Walla Stakes is the second feature race on an action packed program and the Tim Butt trained Raukapuka Ruler looks the likely winner.
Anthony Butt will drive the 5 year old pacer who has had three Australian starts. He was a disappointing ninth at his latest start in the $50,000 Shirley Turnbull Memorial, however the pacer had previously finished second to Miracle Mile winner My Field Marshall. He had also won in a 1:50.2 mile when having his first start Australian start in earlier December.
In Sunday’s race Raukapuka Ruler has drawn barrier 2 and looks the likely leader. Hardest to beat is the David Hewitt trained Stanley Ross Robyn who has placed in all three starts since a spell. Others with a top 3 chance include Spare Me Days for Brad Hewitt and Hashtag from the Craig Cross stables at Cobbitty.
The afternoon will also play host to two outstanding Menangle Country Series heats, so an exciting afternoon of harness racing and entertainment can be expected. The Goulburn Club encourages all to make their way to the Goulburn Paceway to enjoy the talents of Thomas and Lachlan Bensley who perform as ‘Short Notice’. In the process fans can help raise much need funds for the Crookwell Community Trust charity which will be conducting raffles and seeking donations from the on-course patrons.
With the harness racing action scheduled to commence at 1.37 pm the club’s committee also invites harness fans to come out and experience the wonderful facilities of the Grace Millson Centre. Enjoy quality food and a wide range of cold alcoholic and soft drinks whilst watching all the racing action in comfort.
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Race 1 TOPWATER CARTERS CROOKWELL AUB FROST MEMORIAL PACE:
TIPS: 5 Sports Story, 2 Taramin, 4 Rockin Marty, 1 Im Bruce Almighty
Race 2 SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS EQUINE CENTRE PACE:
TIPS: 8 Arma Naughty, 4 Better Than Grange, 3 Slick Sue, 1 Itz Reigning Men
Race 3 ROBERT ALLPORT MEMORIAL CLUB MENANGLE WHERE HORSES FLY HEAT:
TIPS: 4 Lifes A Jungle, 3 A Courage Thang, 7 Jays Cash, 8 Don’t Call Me
Race 4 HOLLINGWORTH CRANE HIRE SERVICE PACE:
TIPS: 12 The Announcer, 1 Majadore, 10 Boyd Writer, 11 Blackwhiteandblue
Race 5 CLUB MENANGLE COUNTRY SERIES HEAT:
TIPS: 2 Tintin Naturally, 1 Modern Attitude, 9 My Highlights, 3 Im All Courage
Race 6 GOULBURN SOLDIERS CLUB WALLA WALLA STAKES:
TIPS: 2 Raukapuka Ruler, 4 Stanley Ross Robyn, 6 Spare Me Days, 8 Hashtag
Race 7 TAB.COM.AU TOM & ANGELA HEWITT MEMORIAL:
TIPS: 9 Smooth Sailor, 10 Prestonpans, 5 Volaticus, 12 Real Obsession