Hollie Wynyard says the Otaki track should be in perfect nick for the first meet there for several months Sunday.
The training partner of Johno Benner said they galloped a couple of their team this week and left impressed.
“It’s rated a dead but with the sunny weather we are having at Otaki it should be better than that on Sunday”.
Otaki has undergone major repairs to its track after the surface drew severe criticism from trainers and jockeys.
Tidy fields have been drawn. The open 1200m, featuring Ferrando, Scapolo and Dolcetto, will be the drawcard.
Matt Cameron is making the trip from Cambridge to ride the speedy Ferrando.
The open stayers includes NZ Cup bound Sampson and Sylvester.
Wynyard rates last start maiden winner Grand Mayson as their best chance. Miss Valencia (r7) looks a nice filly on the way up but Wynward has her reservations.
“It’s not ideal putting 3yos up against the older horses.”
Wynward says the stable stayer Scott Base is enjoying a breather after the Hastings carnival.
“He had a busy spring. so we decided to give him a month off in the paddock
They hope a Stratum colt called Springsteen will make the Karaka Million line-up.
“He will probably start at Otaki in November. His nickname is Bruce.”
RACE CAFE’S BIG THREE FOR OTAKI
GRAND MAYSON (r2), FICTITIOUS (r3), TIPPING POINT (r5)