Premier racing returns to the Met

This Friday sees the return of premier racing to Addington with one listed race and three races at group level. At listed level is the PGG Wrightson NZ Yearling Sales Pace for the 3yr old fillies over 1950m. Favouritism for this event is likely to be shared by Delightful Christian trained by John Green and Brian Hughes which has drawn the coveted pole position and Rozelski from the Mark Purdon stable, which was super impressive in winning at her last start. 

The Seelite Windows and Doors Summer Trotting FFA is a Group 3 contest and has drawn a smallish field, with many no doubt scared away by a rejuvenated and dominant Stig. The winner of 18 races from just 43 race starts, Stig has been nothing short of sensational with NZ record winning performances at his last two starts, both at Group One level. One thing that is for sure however, is that Alan Clark and his old mate The Fiery Ginga will press forward and make this a true contest. 

The feature race of the night is the Group One PGG Wrightson NZ Breeders Stakes. The Brent Mangos trained and driven Better Cover Lover will again start a dominant favourite. However, with a capacity field of 14 engaged and drawn 4 on the second line, she will not get things all her own way. From the draws, Averill's Quest and Elusive Chick are both well placed to dominate early, although don't be surprised to see Dexter "fly the gate" yet again on Donegal's Delight, from her barrier draw on the outside of the frontline.

The "real" feature of the night may in fact be the Rose Dakin Summer Cup again run at Group 3 level. To say that this is a small field is an understatement, but the potential is there for some real fireworks with dual NZ Cup winner Terror To Love looking to hold out the "young buck" in Christen Me. Tactics in the race will be interesting and if Dexter can lead and dominate from the front, he may take a power of running down. For Terror To Love, there are much larger targets looming with the "NZ Heat" of the Inter-Doms in Auckland just two weeks away and then if all goes to plan a trip to Menangle for the final a further two weeks later.    

With Christchurch in a rare patch of stunning weather at the moment there will be no excuses for people to stay away from the track this Friday.



Posted: Wed 30 Jan 2013