Blair back in the Blade bike

Sometimes it takes an admission of one’s own fault to bring out a positive result.

And that’s why you’ll see Blair Orange on board Gavin Smith Racing Stables hope, Blade, tonight at Addington and not Gavin himself.

It’s not so much a case of Gavin being highly critical of his driving of the Trish Dunnell owned pacer, but more his desire to get the best possible results from the talented pacer.

“I feel I drive him to protect that bad habits he’s got and not to win,” Gavin said.

“Blair has driven him good and he seems to get on well with the horse so it makes sense.”

Orange won with Blade two starts back at Rangiora and Gavin made the remark post that effort that it been him in the sulky he didn’t think he would have won because he wouldn’t have driven him in the manner which Orange did.

It does of course help that Orange is currently driving in some of the best form of his life and up until Dexter Dunn won six at Timaru last week he was neck and neck with the champion reinsman for the top spot on the national drivers’ premiership.

Blade and Orange will tackle a small, but select field, tonight at Addington in the Graphite Developments Futurity Consolation - with just six other horses to contend with.

“I’d like to think he will settle handy on the outer and be pretty hard to beat in such a small field.”

It will be a long wait for the stable with just the one runner engaged and it happens to be in the last race of the night so the pressure will be on for a result.

Tomorrow the stable’s hopes rest on April Rose who will be looking to get back to somewhere near the form that saw her run a bold third on debut at Rangiora. She takes on handy maiden field but does look more than capable himself.

The charge is out for Gavin to get to 500 career wins too.

He’s currently on 496 wins leaving just the four to get.

He has three chances tomorrow with April Rose joined by Missie Castleton for Orari local, Lochie Marshall and also Easy Rider for former bosses David and Catherine Butt in the $18,500 Geraldine Cup.

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