Bet­ter race mi­nus Lazarus

The Southland Times - - RACING -

Tak­ing Lazarus out of the New Zealand Free-For-All should have a detri­men­tal im­pact, but his omis­sion from this year’s Show Day fea­ture may, in fact, en­hance it.

Had he been there, and not on a plane to Perth, where he will chase In­ter Do­min­ion glory, the New Zealand Trot­ting Cup king of Tues­day would have started as short as he did two days ago - and prob­a­bly won again.

But his ab­sence opens the door for the Group One event and will al­low any one of a plethora of chances in the race to step up and grab glory dur­ing har­ness rac­ing’s big­gest week. Logic would sug­gest that Tues­day’s place-get­ters, Jack’s Leg­end and Tiger Tara are the most likely to step in.

Jack’s Leg­end has the best of the bar­rier draws from three while Tiger Tara will start from a lit­tle wider, in bar­rier five.

While Lazarus is gone and will also be with­out Have Faith In Me, Pic­cadilly Princess and Heaven Rocks Mark Pur­don and Natalie Ras­mussen will still have a strong hand. Ras­mussen will jump on board the also Perth-bound Ul­ti­mate Ma­chete and Pur­don will steer Dream About Me.

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