Sisters can do it for Bruce
JUNEE trainer Bruce Harpley is travelling to Parkes today on a dual mission.
He is desperately wanting to win a race with full-sisters Samara Crocker and Lisa Crocker so he can send them back home to Victoria. “It’s winter time and the less horses I work the better,” said Harpley.
“They were sent to me to win their bonus then they could go home.”
“They are owned by Gary Crocker who races their big brother, top class pacer Major Crocker.’’
“I actually stressed this point to Gary (Crocker) this morning (Thursday),” Harpley said cheekily.
“I said I’ve had 10 eligible for a bonus this year, seven have won, your two haven’t and the other one Whynotnow had one start for a second to Sounds Of Terror. She would have won by now but she had to be operated on to have bone chips removed. Your two are giving me the problems.”
A confident Harpley has carefully placed both fillies at Parkes today and is expecting to send them back to Gary by tomorrow.
Samara Crocker, a speedy twoyear-old placed seven out of her 10 starts, will have no excuses today, according to Harpley.
“She’s going good. She can run around the 2:01 mark and this looks like her race.”
“Parkes is a small track, she is bombproof, she has drawn 1 and is super quick away,” he added.
“She will be leading and gets her chance over 1660m.”
The big watch is on the unraced filly Sibby who hit the line nicely in both trials at Bathurst.
Harpley rates the year older Lisa Crocker as an unusual one.
“When I got her she had a few problems to iron out. I poked along and she went really good here at her first trial,” continued Harpley.
“I was really happy with her first-up third considering she still doesn’t know what racing is about.”
“She got out of the gate, settled well and hit the line which was all promising. That’s why she was so disappointing at her next start.
“She started favourite but she felt like she didn’t want to be there and raced that way.
“She just went through the motions. I have changed a bit of gear and she worked a lot better this week.
“If she is the horse that went around the first time I give her a good chance.”
The two “best bets” of the day are in the first two legs of the
quadrella in Presidential Dude and Tuakau Beach.
Both are racing strongly, have drawn barrier one and can be expected to lead all-the-way.