New footwear, new beginnings..hopefully

A change in footwear will hopefully result in a cleaner start for All Settled Down today at Methven.

Despite winning last week at Oamaru, Gavin has decided that a few tweaks here and there might help in the getting the talented mare away quicker from the stand start.

Due to be served by Love You in the not too distant future, All Settled Down is racing on borrowed time after injury curtailed her career early on but she’s made a good fist of it so far despite being late to the party.

In seven starts she has won twice and placed on as many occasions and Gavin is hopeful of adding to those statistics today.

“She seems really good this week, there’s been no issues after the win last week,” Gavin said.

“I’ve just changed a couple of things in her shoeing to try and get her to step away a bit better, hopefully it will work.

“She should be pretty hard to beat if she’s on her best behaviour.”

The stable will also have the services of Mrs Consistent, Allison Stokke at the first grass track meeting for the season.

The durable mare has been racing in fine fettle but unfortunately has run into one or two horses each time who have had a better run or just been a little superior.

Kim Butt takes the reins again today in what will be one of her last acts as an employee of the stable as she is bound to join the stable of her uncle, Tim Butt.

Drawn out wide, but with good gate speed, Allison Stokke should be able to get across and get handy to the speed today and she’s sure to be there when the whips are cracking.

“She probably wasn’t suited by the slow speed at Oamaru last week, but she’s good as well.

“We haven’t got the best draw and it’s a good field but she’ll be right there at the finish as per usual.”

Gavin has two outside drives today - a first start in Monarchy Princess for the Harniess family and also Rock N Roll Delight for Phil Burrows.

The latter looks a good each way prospect based on some decent recent performances and with a good draw he should be able to find a good position and be handy to the speed throughout.

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