Day At The Track

Vampiro drops in class

01:45 PM 12 Jul 2018 NZST
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Jodie Hallows (Paceway Photos)

Four-year-old Vampiro should appreciate a considerable drop in class when he contests the 2536m Steelo’s Bistro Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The Rocknroll Hanover gelding, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, has the class to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier (No. 9).

He gave a bold frontrunning display when an excellent third behind open-class stars Galactic Star and Bettors Fire over 1730m last Friday night at his third appearance after a spell.

Going from a 1730m sprint to a 2536m event should pose no problems for the versatile Vampiro, who was successful at his most recent appearance in a 2536m event, when he defeated Mighty Flying Thomas five starts ago, in March. At his only other start over 2536m Vampiro finished a sound fifth behind Ultimate Machete in the Golden Nugget Championship last December.

His most serious rivals are likely to be five-year-old Ideal Tyson and four-year-old Im Rockaria.

Ideal Tyson, trained at Coolup by Kristy Elson, will be driven for the first time by Micheal Ferguson from out wide at barrier eight and he will have an army of followers after performing extremely well in much tougher company. He has been racing against several top-flight pacers, including star Bettors Fire, at each of his latest five starts.

Ideal Tyson enjoyed a good passage, one-out and one-back, when a good fourth (just a head behind third placegetter Vampiro) over 1730m last Friday night.

The Bonds and Warwick also have several excellent each-way prospects on Friday night, including Dodolicious (race two), The Lightning Strike (race five), The Freedom Fighter (race six), Fizzing (race eight) and Rock Diamonds (race nine).

Dodolicious has good prospects of ending a losing sequence of 13 when she starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the 2130m $7 Pints For Footy Fridays At JP’s Pace. She is a splendid frontrunner who drops in class after clashing with quality performers Bettors Fire, Eden Franco, Eagle Rox and Whozideawasthis in recent starts.

Her toughest opponent looms as Walkinshaw, who will start out wide at barrier eight for trainer Ray Williams and reinsman Nathan Turvey. Walkinshaw started from barrier nine and raced in the breeze for much of the way when a fighting second to the brilliant Eden Franco over 2130m last Friday week.

Walkinshaw also worked hard at his previous outing when he was beaten a head by the fast-finishing Trison. That followed stylish victories vat each of his three previous starts.


Ken Casellas

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