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A Te Rapa Double?

We head to Saturday's Te Rapa meeting with just two runners but we are hopeful that both - Crown Of Thorns (pictured) and The Hotz - can run bold races.

Lining up in the Norris Ward McKinnon Stakes, the second race on the card, Crown Of Thorns tackles only a small field and he will appreciate the return to Te Rapa where he has already won twice.

Having his fourth run back from a lengthy spell, the Thorn Park seven-year-old is, says Chad Ormsby "close to full fitness now and we are hoping he can put in a strong effort."

Crown Of Thorns boasts not only a good record at the trip but he also loves the 1400m - the last four of his six victories coming at that distance.

Appreciating a step up to 2100m at his most recent outing, breaking his maiden in impressive fashion, The Hotz again races at that trip on Saturday.

Taking his place in the Munns The Man's Store Handicap, the promising Pentire three-year-old again looks well placed.

"It is not an overly strong field," Ormsby said, "and we are confident that he should produce the same result as last time."


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