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Rising Son Draws All Important Barrier

Having not received much luck in his three runs back this preparation, Rising Son (pictured) looks to have finally got the everything he needs to illustrate his real ability at Ruakaka this Saturday in the Rating 65 event over 1600m.

A handy barrier draw of five, a Dead5 surface, the application of side winkers and the 3kg weight relief of jockey Ryan Elliott are all factors that should see Rising Son rise to the top and give this Saturday field a decent shake.

“He’s certainly not the biggest horse in the barn, but he has the biggest heart and he just needs things to go his way to match up against these class of fields,” co-trainer Pam Gerard said.

“We believe he needs a better surface and his run last start at Ruakaka had a lot of merit – he was caught wide the entire trip with no cover and had to do plenty of work. The handy draw should see him a good chance in the race.”

The second runner for the weekend, evidently in the same race, is the very promising Saffron Lady who comes off a gallant second placing last start and will have the services of apprentice rider Shaun McKay.

“She’s a quirky filly with quite a bit of untapped ability and it is her first real trip away from home,” said Gerard.

“On her day she could beat most, but the trip will certainly test her, but will undoubtedly take good benefit from the experience in the long run.”

[07 Jul 16]

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