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Tuesday, February 21 2017

Danielle Hirini is bullish about furthering her record with Kevin Myers at Thursday's Wairoa meeting.

Danielle Hirini returns to scale aboard Scapolo - Race Images Palmerston North

The Awapuni apprentice has a handy strike rate for the Wanganui trainer with nine winners from 43 rides, the most recent of them on the stable star Scapolo, who shouldered 66.5kg in last Sunday's Poverty Bay Cup.

"I won last year's Cup on him and that was the first time I've ridden him since," Hirini said. "He's a super horse."

Hirini and Myers have another open handicap success in their sights with the genuine Overtheriver a form runner in the PGG Wrightson Cup Trial on Thursday.

"I'm quite excited to be riding him again," Hirini said. "He's a very classy horse and I think he should be able to beat this field, despite his weight."

Hirini guided Overtheriver into second place in last Saturday's Gr.3 Taranaki Cup and the 23-year-old was refreshingly honest about her performance.

"It wasn't one of my best rides and we were out three wide for a while before I let him go forward," she said.

"He's probably my best ride and I think Milly Moo is a very good one as well."

She rode the Stuart Manning-trained Milly Moo to a runaway victory on a heavy track at Poverty Bay and they shouldn't be troubled in the Vista Motor Lodge Dash by the likelihood of improved footing.

Hirini is apprenticed to Mike Breslin and her book of rides also includes stable representatives Dandeedee (Silver Fern Farms 1900) and Master William (Russell Roads 1900).

"They have both worked very well this week and they should go well," she said.

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