Call for 'The Postman' to deliver
With Gavin in the naughty boys corner this week on the driving front, he’s called in The Postman to hopefully produce a special delivery tonight at Addington Raceway.
Last Friday night Gavin was suspended for three driving days for careless driving meaning he needed to find someone to fulfil his driving duties for the week.
With only the two stable runners in for the week, the task wasn’t too difficult.
Darren Keast was booked to drive Allison Stokke in the junior drivers’ event and Gavin has called on Blair Orange to fill the void on Blade in what appears to be a very winnable race early on in the night’s programme.
The Smith and Orange combination has been a successful one in the past.
Blair has saluted on stable runners twice, winning with Classic Vogue and also Naughty Maravu while he’s picked up placings on Shard Diego, True Legend and Ralph Elliot from limited opportunities.
They’ll be hoping for a similar result tonight with Blade although Gavin does have a few reservations.
“He’s just not going as good as he can at the moment,” he said.
“He’s better than what he’s showing I know that much.
“I’ve changed a few things this week and will continue to change them until we get things right.
“He’s good enough to win it, there’s no doubt about that.”
Drawn barrier two over the 1950 metres, many will be expecting Blade to push forward for a handy early position but Gavin is just keen to see the gelding relax.
“He got way too keen last time and choked himself down, I’ll be telling Blair to not rush him out of the gate and try and get him to relax early before we do anything else.”
Gavin was keen to see Allison Stokke driven back off the gate this week but doesn’t have to worry about that after she drew on the second line.
“We’ve used her out of the gate a bit last time because we have sort of had to.
“I can see her ending up maybe three or four back early but Darren should be able to get her off if that happens.
“I’m still tossing up whether or not to turn her out, she’s racing competitively and there’s a Super Series Final next week to have a look at so we might get through that and make a decision.”
With the suspension not finishing until October 6, Gavin will have to watch from the comfort of home on Sunday when Sunny Ruby does battle in the DG Jones Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup.
Orange has been booked to drive the mare with Gavin set to return to the sulky next Friday night in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup.