Sis­ters can do it for Bruce

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.

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