Easter Cup night at Addington
While the night itself is not officially classified as a premier race night, the programme that has been carded suggests that it is, in every respect other than name. With two Group Ones and a Group Three on the programme, there is no lack of class in most of the night's fields.
The highlights of the night will of course be the two Group Ones - The Easter Cup - featuring dual New Zealand Cup winner in Terror To Love and The New Zealand Trotting FFA, including in its ranks the winner of the last week's Great Southern Star from Melton, in Vulcan. There is also a good support card with another heat of the Sires' Stakes and a nice 2-3 win pace featuring Bit Of A Legend, fresh up after the NSW Derby.
The Robert Dunn Stable are represented by 5 runners on the night. John has a look at their prospects for us:
Ten Too resumes after a 3 month spell in Race 5. This sometimes brilliant, but often unsound trotter, has the game to mix it with the best when he is at his peak. According to Johnny, "he's about 90% going into Saturday. He definitely needs a good hit out under race conditions to top him off. We will definitely be happy if he can run in three first up.
Radar in Race 5, got it all wrong last time out. "The early break definitely cost him his chance last week. This time he is up against a more than handy line-up and will need too bring his A-Game if he is to figure".
Return To Sender Race 7, has been a model of consistency to date. He turns out in another heat of the Sires' Stakes. "He was driven with a sit last time out and that is not his go. He likes to roll along and use his good staying ability. The draw this time will make things interesting. If he is able to get a nice run through though, things could still work out ok."
Jivin Cullen - Easter Cup Race 8 was superb fresh up. He used his superior stand start manners to get to the front early and from there it was somewhat of a procession. His opponents had little hope as he powered home his final 800m in 55.1 and his last 400 in a stunning 26.0. "This is a big step up in class for the horse. Realistically I hope to see him runnning on well at the end and giving the sign that he is competitive against this class of horse. We'll certainly be out there trying hard".
The final stable runner for the night is Ten Diamonds in Race 10. "We were really confident with this mare last start, but unfortunately the driver thought that he was driving a racing car! We have moved on from that disappointment and the mare has freshened nicely for her assignment. She has nice horses drawn either side so it will certainly be no walk in the park. If she produces her best effort and we get some luck in the running she'll be right in it, I'm confident of that".
Sunday is a rare day off from the racetrack, but then on Monday, it is all go again with Chertsey Trophy Day. We have 7 runners engaged: Lumos, Massimo, Piper Heidseick, Cullen's Spirit, Kotare Mahal, Crackaheiny and Cabo Wabo.
On behalf of the stable, have a safe and happy Easter! Hopefully you can back a winner or two.
Posted: Fri 29 Mar 2013