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    PROMISING pacer Blaster Ranger’s first trip to the ‘big smoke’ has been hampered by the barrier draw. Racing in strong form in the Riverina,... Trip to town hampered by tough draw
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    PROMISING pacer Blaster Ranger’s first trip to the ‘big smoke’ has been hampered by the barrier draw.

    Racing in strong form in the Riverina, Blaster Ranger is set to contest a New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge True Blue Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    With victories at his last three outings, the son of Caribbean Blaster has the highest national points rating.

    As such, the Mathew Harris-trained gelding has drawn the outside of the front row under the feature’s preferential conditions.

    On the opposite end of the scale, Shoobee Doo, which has competed in several Group events, will begin from the pole.

    Shoobee Doo’s last three starts netted a sixth in the Bathurst Gold Chalice as the second favourite, a third in a Breeders’ Challenge heat and a eighth in a semi – bringing his points to a True Blue Final low of 49!

    “He has drawn ordinary which makes his job difficult,” Harris said. “The draw being preferential on points hasn’t helped him.

    “It is hard to imagine he can win from there, but time will tell.

    “If things go his way, and he is on his best behaviour, he will be competitive.”

    With no major plans in mind for the three-year-old, Harris will wait until after Blaster Ranger’s pending assignment before deciding on his immediate future.

    “He’s in reasonably good form and has come along quite well,” Harris said. “He has been a challenge as he is not a great racehorse in that he has got a fair bit to learning to do.

    “He shows above average ability, without getting carried away, and is coming along nicely…it’s just a long slow hard road with him.

    “I’m not sure what is next for him, I’ll just see how he goes on the weekend.”

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