20 August 2012 Little Separates Kennel Mates Says MacLean

The Ben MacLean kennel will play a strong hand in the Free To All (297m) at Northam on Monday with a team of three contenders.

Track specialist Topline Beaver will lead the charge with last-start winner Maz's Magic and Nurse Trina also in with winning claims.

Top Line Beaver, who will step from one, has won eight of 12 starts at Northam and nine of 18 over the short course distance.

Maz's Magic will carry the blue rug and although he has run into form with two wins from his past three outings it has been against weaker opposition.

Nurse Trina will have to contend with box seven but she has proven successful from wide draws previously and is this type of company.

"There is not much between Topline Beaver and Nurse Trina," said MacLean.

"I would just favour Topline Beaver because of the draw.

"Maz's Magic faces a steep rise in class."

Nightly Assassin had her first look at Northam last week and ran a fading fourth La Gra Murr over 509m.

MacLean believes the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz can improve and is a top three hope in the Gascoigne Leather Centre Dale Stake (509m).

"If she finds the lead she can give them something to chase," said MacLean.

"This not an overly strong field.

"She will improve on last week and a definite place chance."

Amigo Monelli has earned prizemoney in six of seven starts to date including a maiden win at Mandurah last week over 405m.

A similar performance from the white box and the newcomer can play a serious role in the Northam Fee & Hire Dale Stake (509m).

"The start is the key because sometimes he jumps and sometimes he misses," said MacLean.

"If he gets away cleanly he will be right in it."

Twister Monelli has been racing below her best and was well beaten at Northam last week despite copping a check

But MacLean believes at her best she is capable of turning it around commencing with the Intercast Mixed Stake (509m).

And earlier in race one, the Bio John Racing Shamrock Stake (297m) and race three, the Shire Of Northam Shamrock Stake (297m), MacLean is bullish about the chances of Nina Monelli and Rico Monelli respectively.