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Punters can rely on Good Dividend

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 June, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 June, 1996, 12:00am

A Triple Trio jackpot of $7.6 million tomorrow night should act as a nice little soupcon to the main business on Sunday's final card of the season for which a whopping $38 million is already carried forward.

That figure could well be added to, because if tomorrow night's Triple Trio fails to go off then it, too, goes into Sunday's already sizeable pot of gold.

Tomorrow night's opening leg doesn't look too difficult with the Lawrie Fownes-trained Good Dividend in fine form on the racetrack and in work.

He went really well on Saturday in company with stablemate Picador, who is normally a good worker, and yesterday Fownes had Good Dividend out doing only light work.

Because his main preparation had already been accomplished, Fownes and his team are now just trying to keep Good Dividend fresh for tomorrow night's very winnable Class Five 1,800-metre event.

Action Win may give him plenty to think about and has certainly been prepared to run a big race by his most astute handler, Wong Tang-ping.

You can only respect Ping and he's taken the bold measure of calling for Rambo Tse.

Yesterday Action Win came through a testing 1,200-metres in one minute 15.7 seconds under Tse and when Ping works them so hard close to a race it is usually a very significant sign.

Action Win didn't have much luck last time out behind Lake Titicaca. He wouldn't have won but he might well have run the quinella but for being checked and blocked for a run in the home straight.

It was Rambo's presence which seemed to act as the catalyst to Fortune Link returning to form and while Action Win has been running well, the impression has been that he could have given more.

Now there aren't many horses around that can resist Rambo's urgings. The personality jockey, as he has been dubbed by Trackwork Express presenter Rob de Courcy, lacks nothing in vigour or enthusiasm in the saddle but he also has much better balance and hands than is generally appreciated - that's why horses trial so deceptively well for him.

Fortune Link, himself, remains in fair condition while David Oughton's Will It Figure has to be respected with the record-breaking Frenchman Eric Saint-Martin on board.

Saint-Martin has been in prolific form and while the drop back in distance will not suit Will It Figure, he does have very consistent recent form.

It could just be worth taking a punt on La Charmer in the fourth, the middle pin of the Triple Trio.

He has done nothing but improve since joining champion trainer elect Ivan Allan and has gone down as a potential future winner in both his work and his races.

He ran well last Wednesday night when fourth to Souper over 1,000 metres on a rain-affected track and should now be fully fit following two runs for Allan.

The obvious form selection is Optic Style but he has drawn badly again in barrier 11, one outside La Charmer who may be hard to cross.

Damien Oliver rode Optic Style into second behind Souper, when La Charmer was fourth, but now he is on board King Chariot for Alex Wong Siu-tan.

King Chariot has been racing well enough but he does appear a bit one-paced over 1,200 metres and could get shuffled back and find it hard to make a run though the pack from barrier one.

Blue And Gold comes right into Triple Trio consideration providing there isn't too much rain around.

Grand Baron is starting to improve though he may be more one for next season while Ring The Cabin is very well handicapped these days and will be much happier over this unrelenting 1,200-metre trip than when racing over 1,000 metres when staying on reasonably well into fifth behind Souper.

Oliver looks a significant booking for Lickety Split who has come back to himself since reverting to sprinting. He could be the one on whom to rely in the sixth.

Millions Joy should be running home well in a race where there is no shortage of speed. Similarly Super Falcon. Best of the others may be Precious Bobo who continues to work fluently. He'll also be suited by the likely fast pace.


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