Braun expects Inky Cullen success
August 15, 2012 10:57:36 UK
In-form Melbourne trainer Dean Braun will start unbeaten three-year-old Inky Cullen at Victorian track Cranbourne on Saturday night and the gelding is expected to record his fourth straight win.
Inky Cullen, to be driven by Chris Alford in the Kings Fibreglass Pace (2080m), is a dashing front runner and will almost certainly set a solid pace.
Bendigo wins over 1650 metres were scored by Inky Cullen in his first appearances, on June 24 and July 4.
He last raced when a convincing winner over 2180 metres at Terang on July 31.
The smart gelding One Step Closer can also land a fourth consecutive win, when he competes in the Chris Smith Pace (2190m) at Friday's Mildura meeting on the Victorian country circuit.
One Step Closer, trained by Shayne Cramp, has won at six of his past nine starts. He began his current victory streak when successful over 1790 metres at Mildura on July 12.
Cramp took One Step Closer to Adelaide's Globe Derby track nine days later and he won a 2230-metre event.
Back at Mildura on August 3, he was an impressive winner after racing outside the leader over 2190 metres.
Perth pacer David Hercules will contest Friday night's 2240-metre free-for-all at Melbourne's Melton course and he could be a value bet.
The gelding, who has been a Melton winner, recently won at three successive Western Australian starts. He was off a 50-metre handicap when unplaced at Gloucester Park last week.
Leading WA reinsman Morgan Woodley will have a big following when he drives at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The 23-year-old Woodley has reined 191 winners in 2011-12 and is keen to reach a 200 milestone before the Australian harness racing season ends on August 31.
Kissed Flush and Mysta Magical Mach could be the best Friday night drives for Woodley, who has a career total of 866 wins.
His other drives on Friday are Hermattjesty Mulan, Flossie, The Final Word, Chocolato and Myouri.
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