Ricky May and A G's White Socks at Rangiora earlier this year. Photo: The Digital Birdcage.
Ricky May has built his dynasty based on pulling the right reins at the right time, but the Methven horseman is hoping he’s pulled the right one in Sunday’s Methven Green Mile.
The local legend had the choice of two drives in the Free-For-All pace worth $17,500 – up and coming pacer A G’s Whitesocks or proven grass track toff Seel The Deal.
After some serious deliberation when he was given the choice by trainers’ Greg and Nina Hope, May opted for the former.
“He’s a pretty exciting horse, it’s all in front of him really.
“I’ve been impressed with the way he has felt this time in, he’s gone to that next level and I think he’s a pretty serious chance of winning on Sunday.”
While excited about his own prospects, May was also wary about Seel The Deal who he knows plenty about.
“He’s a good horse when he’s right, but I have just felt he’s not going quite as good this time in.
“Having said that he always goes great races on the Methven track so you couldn’t really write him off.”
From barrier two, May and A G’s Whitesocks will bounce from a handy draw and look to settle on the speed.
A multiple winner of workouts and trials on the Methven track, May isn’t predicting the grass surface to slow him down at all.
“He goes well on it and from a good draw and with a small field he should be right in the fight.”
The May and Hope combination will also be in action in Sunday’s other feature, The Trotters’ Green Mile with consistent wee trotter, Everybody Knows.
Second to Great Things Happen in the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All during Cup Week, he’s a serious chance of causing a minor upset from the inside of the second row in what is a very good field.
“It’s a good field, but he’s good enough to go close to winning it.
“We will need a bit of luck from the inside of the second row, but his best races are usually sitting off the speed and working into late.
“They’ll run along a bit too which will help him, without doubt.”
May is in for a busy day on his home track with eight drives in the ten races.
He has a big chance to start the day on the right note with Westar Maggie.
Also trained by Greg and Nina Hope, the maiden trotter had her rivals in a world of hurt last Sunday at Motukarara before she galloped inside the final 100 metres.
Other good chances for May at the meeting include Tracksarefortrains, Cullenz Diamond and Precious Sara.