Mas­sive Pick6 jack­pot

The Southland Times - - RACING - TIM RYAN

Pun­ters will chase a Pick6 pool that could boost past $500,000 on Satur­day.

In around 90 min­utes the six legs will be run to de­ter­mine if any­one can un­ravel the form and strike it lucky.

The six legs across two meet­ings in­clude two black-type races, the North­land Breed­ers Stakes (1200m) at Ruakaka and the Met­ric Mile (1550m) at Awa­puni.

The clash of 3-year-old stars , the filly Prom Queen and the geld­ing Fel­ton Road in the age group Breed­ers Stakes will be one of the high­lights of the day while Fel­ton Road’s Tony Pike-trained sta­ble­mate Aim Smart is also high class.

Pike re­ports they worked well to­gether on Tues­day morn­ing and he is happy with their progress.

Fel­ton Road has had a win­ning run un­der his belt while his sta­ble­mate hasn’t raced since Fe­bru­ary and goes into his freshup run with­out a trial.

‘‘He’s had a cou­ple of jump-outs and has done plenty of work,’’ Pike said.

‘‘Fel­ton Road has done well since his win at Te Rapa - they should both run well.’’

Stand­ing in their way is the fly­ing ma­chine Prom Queen, trained on the Ruakaka track by Ken and Lisa Rae and Krys­tal Wil­liams.

‘‘We’re ex­pect­ing an­other big ef­fort,’’ Rae said of his win­ner of six races from seven starts. ‘‘Her work has been good.’’ Fel­low Ruakaka train­ers Donna Lo­gan and Chris Gibbs have two run­ners in the race who could be the gi­ant killers.

The lightly-raced Dash­per has been kept fresh for the $70,000 race while Not Usual Heart is deemed good enough to make her de­but in stakes com­pany.

‘‘Dash­per al­ways showed us quite a lot,’’ Lo­gan said.

‘‘We do think a fair bit of Not Usual Heart.’’

Fran­caletta ($2.10) is the one that will be on al­most ev­ery Pick6 ticket with the ques­tion be­ing around her abil­ity to cope with 1550m sec­ond up in the Group III Met­ric Mile at Awa­puni.

‘‘It will be a big test,’’ said Mur­ray Baker who trains the mare with An­drew Fors­man.

‘‘But she’s classy and has done well since her Hast­ings win.

With a sub­stan­tial car­ry­for­ward of $239,985.15, Satur­day’s Pick6 is guar­an­teed to reach a mas­sive $500,000.

The Pick6 will be turbo charged.

That means it will run across the last three races at both of Satur­day’s do­mes­tic thor­ough­bred meet­ings, Awa­puni and Ruakaka.

SE­LEC­TIONS

Tim Ryan’s se­lec­tions and races in­cluded in Satur­day’s $500,000 Guar­an­teed Turbo Pick6:

Leg 1 at 3:15pm: Awa­puni, Race 6: Batab­ul­let, Farce, Big Ben

Leg 2 at 3:34pm: Ruakaka, Race 6: Fel­ton Road, Prom Queen, Aim Smart

Leg 3 at 3:29pm: Awa­puni, Race 7: Art Deco, Fran­caletta, Dol­cetto

Leg 4 at 4:09pm: Ruakaka, Race 7: Le­gramor, Fast And Fu­ri­ous, Sherpa

Leg 5 at 4:05pm: Awa­puni, Race 8: Ger­ar­da­sun, Finn, Wapiti

Leg 6 at 4:43pm: Ruakaka, Race 8: Ki­taya, Cre­ative Ge­nius, So­praf­fina

MARTIN HUNTER

Ruakaka fly­ing ma­chine Prom Queen will carry the hopes of many Pick6 pun­ters in the North­land Breed­ers Stakes.

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