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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Thursday, August 03 2017

Mark Forbes has two runners at Te Rapa on Saturday and both will need a bit of luck to go their way, according to the Cambridge trainer.

Alvins Dream - Trish Dunell Photography

His last-start winner Alvins Dream will line up over 1200m in the Become a Member of the Waikato Racing Club Handicap, but the Iffraaj gelding is expected to be better suited over more ground.

“It was a tidy debut, he did a lot wrong and was still able to beat a handy field,” Forbes said.

“He’s come through the race really well. He’s probably looking for 1400m, but unfortunately anywhere with a 1400 Rating 65 or mile has been wet tracks, so we’re sticking to the track where he won.”

Troy Harris will take the ride again on the four-year-old and Forbes is hoping the duo can repeat their success.

“He’s drawn five so hopefully he can get a similar run to what he had last start, one to two back and one off the fence,” he said.

“It looks like there will be good pace in the race, which will help with Memories Only in there, so that will definitely suit us better with a strong tempo.”

With the step up in grade, Forbes said Alvins Dream will have to do everything right to be competitive in the race.

Meanwhile, English import Cosmic Storm will line-up for Forbes in the last race on the card, the Cup Day Packages 16th Dec on Sale 2100.

The Sea The Stars mare was purchased for 47,000 guineas out of the Tattersalls mare sale in December for stable client Dr Gene Tsoi. She has had two starts in New Zealand with a last start placing over 1600m.

“She won an amateurs race up there (England) and was placed over 2000m,” Forbes said.

“She’s just had her first couple of runs to get fit and she probably still needs the run on Saturday.”

Drawn barrier 14, Forbes said the mare would likely go back at the start and he hopes to see her run home strongly.

“We are still learning about her, but the way she has run her races she gets back and seems to be hitting the line nicely. The 2100m should definitely suit her.”

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