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    When consistent form is a problem! When consistent form is a problem!

    AUNTY ETHAL winning at Globe Derby - Photo Walter Bulyga

    NO MATTER who you are – owner, trainer, driver or punter – every harness racing participant wants a consistent performer. For veteran South Australian... When consistent form is a problem!

    NO MATTER who you are – owner, trainer, driver or punter – every harness racing participant wants a consistent performer.

    For veteran South Australian horseman Robin Maguire his handy trotter Aunty Ethal ticks the boxes.

    The problem is Aunty Ethal’s consistency is becoming frustrating.

    Rarely responsible for a bad performance, the squaregaiter has finished fourth at her last five starts!

    “Obviously I’m happy with her runs, but it’d be nice if she could break it up with a third placing,” Maguire joked.

    “She gives it her all every time she goes around, but for some reason is stuck just missing the placings.

    “As reliable as she is, she needs the race to suit her down to the ground if she is to win.

    “She won two-in-a-row earlier in the year and hasn’t set a hoof wrong since, but she is overdue for another win and hopefully that will come soon.”

    Maguire hopes “soon” equates to Saturday night when Aunty Ethal heads back to Globe Derby.

    The daughter of Pegasus Spur will come from three along the 10-metre handicap.

    “It is a winnable race, but like I said, she needs things to go her way,” Maguire said. “I expect her usual reliable run, even if it is another fourth!”

    Aunty Ethal’s rivals include My Bad Habits, which is trained by Maguire’s son, Matt.

    A winner in Cranbourne two starts ago, My Bad Habits has drawn the outside of the 20-metre mark.

    “Matt has his trotter going well,” Maguire said. “He’s only a three-year-old which is giving older opposition a start, but he will be hard to beat.”

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