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Harness Racing: Chircop hoping for Sweet not sour Louise

Trainer Phil Chircop says Sweet Louise has plenty of ability and hopes she can show it when she takes to the track at Melton on Saturday night.

Sweet Louise can blow very much hot and cold and Chircop admits both he and reinsman Greg Sugars can have difficulty getting the best out of her.

Injury issues

As well as having issues with her manners, Sweet Louise has also suffered with a number of injury problems, but when fit and firing she can win races.

Chircop will be hoping that is the case when his charge contests the $50,000 Group 2 The Breakthrough Pace Final at Tabcorp Melton on Saturday night.

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She finished second behind Kimble in the heats last week and will be looking to go one better tonight.

"She’s such a big horse and she hurt herself when she was only young," Chircop said. "She has had hock issues, knee issues, she’s not the most sound horse. We don’t know how long we have racing with her, but she’s got a lot of ability."

Sugars the key

Chircop says they have tried all kinds to get her to perform at her best and have decided the best way is to try and put her with a quality reinsman like Sugars.

"She’s been wayward all the time," Chircop added. "She hangs in on the turns and runs out up the straight.

"We’ve tried everything, blinds, lugging poles. It’s something that’s best left up to the driver. The more gear you put on her, the worse she is. We just try not to upset her."

Sugars will again be in the sulky on Saturday night and will try his best to turn the tables on Kimble who won by 16.3 metres in the heats last week.

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