South Auckland trainers Peter and Vaughan Blanchard are looking forward to heading down the line to Cambridge Raceway on Saturday where they will line-up three runners.
10-win mare Lovely Bundy will be attempting to add her second successive Cup to the mantle when she contests the Harcourts Te Awamutu 2020 Waipa Trotters Cup (2700m).
The daughter of Love You was victorious in the Thames/Coromandel Trotters Cup (2700m) at Cambridge Raceway on January 11, but her trainers believe she will have her work cut out for her on Saturday.
“We thought she was going pretty well heading into the race, she went a similar time to the start before at Cambridge where she finished second,” Vaughan Blanchard said.
“We were happy with the run and the 3.28 is a good trot down there, so we thought if she could go that time again she would be pretty competitive.
“She went good last week and has come through the race really well. She’s back 15m from last week, so that will be tough but we expect her to be thereabouts.”
The father-and-son team will also line-up Pekeson, who is en route to America, in the Viands Bakery Mobile Pace (2200m)
“Pekeson is only new to our stable,” Blanchard said. “He is flying to America next week, so we have only got one run with him. We trialled him on Tuesday. He probably will need the run, but we are happy with his work.”
Blanchard is particularly pleased with last-start winner Charlotte Royal ahead of her tilt at the Waide Construction Mobile Pace (1700m).
“She has been an in-and-out sort of mare, but when she gets in-form she tends to hold it,” he said.
“Her work has been the best out of all three this week. She has got a tough draw (8) over a mile, but she has got a couple of quick mile times on her card so that is probably her pet distance, so she should be very competitive.” – Cambridge Raceway