By Duane Ranger (Courtesy HRNZ)

Don’t be surprised if Kyle Marshall carries his winning form from the weekend on to Cambridge Raceway this Thursday night.

The 21-year-old Cambridge horseman had a weekend to remember when he was named ‘Junior Driver of the Year (with Andre Poutama) at the North Island Harness Racing Awards’ held at Alexandra Park last Saturday night.

It was a notable weekend for the Marshall family. Marshall’s Dad, David also won the Owner-Trainer of the Year award – and the father-son combination should again be to the fore at Thursday’s Harness Racing Waikato meeting.

Marshall senior and junior will line up three horses from their stable in the first three races at Cambridge – and the younger believes Donny Wood in the third race is their best winning chance.
Here’s what he had to say about the trio. Marshall rated each of his stable runners a winning chance out of five.

Race 1: Overstayer (3) – “He’s in the right race and tries his heart out. He has the draw to figure in this race. He’s no star but I’d still rate him a 3 out of 5 chance here.”
Race 2: Unmissuble (8) – “She trialled on Saturday and was unplaced behind Tazzy’s Devil. She will need Thursday’s run but is worth following. She was second favourite last start but this week I’d rate her a 2 out of 5 because she’s going to find it tough from the wide draw over 1700 metres.”
Race 3: Donny Wood (1) – “He went okay when resuming from a four month spell on the track last month (August 20). He steps well and is the only horse off the front-line so he should be bowling along in front. He likes leading and could be hard to catch. He will be better for that first run back. I’d rate him a 4 out of 5 winning chance.”