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Herald Sun Form Guide : February 2nd 2013
n.com.au Herald Sun, Saturday, February 2, 2013 49 + + ORES heraldsun.com.au HUNTER CUP HARNESS RACING g eyes at cup Peaking at right time: Mah Sish can make his own luck. BUTT WAIT THERE'S MORE How they have fared in the Hunter Cup Tim Butt Starts: 14 Wins: 4 -- Mister DG (2004), Mr Feelgood (2009), Stunin Cullen (2011), Choise Achiever (2012). Placings: 3 -- Happy Asset (2000), Report For Duty (2008-09). Anthony Butt Starts: 15 Wins: 6 -- Blossom Lady (1994-95), Mister DG (2004), Mr Feelgood (2009), Stunin Cullen (2011), Choise Achiever (2012). Placings: 3 -- Blossom Lady (1993), Happy Asset (2000), Report For Duty (2008). Sish looks tasty dishICKI'S LMIELICKI MIELI MAIL with DAN M TIM and Anthony Butt have made the Hunter Cup their own in recent years. Tim has trained four winners, including the past two, Choise Achiever and Stunin Cullen, to join Mr Feelgood (2009) and Mister DG in (2004). Anthony has six wins, having driven all four that Tim has trained, as well as piloting Blossom Lady in back-to-back victories in 1994 and '95. I think they can improve on that record tonight with MAH SISH. The New Zealand pacer is in form, can stay the trip and is well handicapped. An outstanding winner of last week's Ballarat Cup, Mah Sish sat three wide in the last lap outside SUSHI SUSHI and SMOKEN UP. With a reasonable start, Mah Sish could work his way to the lead, but the six-year- old could win from any position. The biggest threat to the Butts' continued domination of the Hunter Cup may come from their brother-in-law Cran Dalgety, who prepares FOUR STARZZZ FLASH. An emerging talent, he was unlucky in last week's Pure Steel at Ballarat as I think he might have won with a clear run in the straight. A recent addition to the stable, Four Starzzz Flash was very impressive in his first two starts in the Dalgety colours before last week's forgivable run. CARIBBEAN BLASTER is harness racing's Mr Consistency and is suited to the conditions of the race, despite the 10m handicap. The Victoria Cup champion has emerged as a genuine Grand Circuit horse and, based on his New Zealand Cup run in November, I have no doubt he will get the trip. BITOBLISS has an excellent standing start record and can stay the marathon 3280m trip. On the comeback after a broken leg 14 months ago, the Scott Stewart-trained and driven pacer was awesome early in his preparation with stunning wins in the Kilmore Cup and The Legends, but his past two starts have been below par. Bitobliss hasn't raced since the Victoria Cup in mid- December, when he never got alook-in.Iamabigfanbutam unsure where he is at. If he's in form, he'll be a top- three chance. TERRORWAY won his only standing start in fast time at Menangle two weeks ago. He has a very good record with 18 wins from just 26 starts and has won the Cranbourne Cup this campaign. The Queenslander is one of three pacers starting from the 10m handicap mark but he is tough enough to overcome it. MACH ALERT is racing well and could end up with a nice run if he steps away. A sure thing GUARANTEED is an exciting colt and has drawn perfectly. He is the top pick in the VHRSC Victoria Derby. The Emma Stewart-trained star has won 10 of his 12 starts and was dominant in his heat last week after getting to the lead easily. I was taken with Queenslander CAESAR AUGUSTUS, who was third behind Guaranteed after sitting without cover and racing fiercely. He will be good each-way odds. The Kiwis are well represented with Breeders Crown winner BIT OF A LEGEND and OHOKA PUNTER their best hopes. Unbeaten MACHA continues to meet every challenge and has the gate speed to go forward early. The Dean Braun-prepared three-year-old is the most inexperienced in the race, lining up for his fourth start. Watch the Kiwi THE feature trot is the Simplot Australasian Championship and I think Kiwi DR HOOK is the horse to beat after a gutsy win in his heat last week. Former pacer MISTER ZION, who defeated the great SMOKEN UP in the 2010 SA Cup, is chasing a historic two- gaited Group 1 double and has strong claims to achieve the feat. KASYANOV is the best value. MIELICKI'S TIPS: HUNTER CUP: MAH SISH 1, Four Starzzz Flash 2, Carib- bean Blaster 3, Bitobliss 4. VICTORIA DERBY: Guaran- teed 1, Caesar Augustus 2, Bit of a Legend 3, Ohoka Punter 4. AUSTRALASIAN TROT- TING CHAMPIONSHIP: DR HOOK 1, Mister Zion 2, Kasyanov 3, Earl Of Mot 4. BEST BET: BELLAS DELIGHT (Race 7, No.5). EACH WAY: WASHME- POCKETS (Race 9, No.1). ys Lennytheshark's ers on a page''. Lenny can give Derby a shake Jason Bonnington THE life of a trainer is largely defined by optimism --- and resilience. Optimism a champion will come into your world and resili- ence to overcome the niggles and uncertainties that come with that champion. John Justice has had his champion. It is more than 15 years since Shakamaker arrived at Justice's Toolern Vale barn and changed his life with eight Group 1 wins, including the 2000 Inter Dominion and 2001 Victoria Cup. But for Justice, one champion was never going to be enough. So tonight at Tabcorp Park, the task of turning Lenny- theshark from exciting pacer to genuine star begins in the Group 1 Victoria Derby Final. ''My main ambition in life has been to get one more champion,'' Justice said. ''I'm just hoping this is the horse. 'Shaka' was probably a more natural two-year-old. ''This horse has always needed a bit more time, but he's got everything he needs to be a Grand Circuit player, so the feeling is exciting.'' One of three nominees for Vic- torian Two-Year-Old of the Year last term, Lennytheshark has stepped up again at three and was impressive winning his Derby heat last weekend. His chances were compro- mised when he drew gate 13 for the $200,000 final, but for Justice the gate and Lennytheshark's $51 quote are numbers on a page. ''We've got to do a Caribbean Blaster (who won the Victoria Cup from gate 13 at $30.40 at Tabcorp Park in December) now, don't we?'' Justice said. ''I'm not going to read too many papers, especially if I've got to read he's 50-1. ''I have always rated him. It's only my opinion, but I rated him the second-best two-year-old in the state last season behind Guaranteed and, in a lot of ways, not much has changed. ''The bottom line is we need some luck, but if we get the right run we'll be in it up to our ears. ''As far as I'm concerned, 50-1, have something on.''
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