18 to go around in a huge weekend of racing
After a nice wee taster last week, a big night of premier racing is set to unfold at Adington this Friday. It will certainly be a busy one, with 10 stable runners set to go round on Friday alone. Saturday will be a rest day.....of sorts......and then another busy day on Sunday with 2 runners going round in the deep south and a further 6 at Rangiora.
The Addington Premier meeting is clearly the highlight for the week however, with two Group One races and two Group Two's. There is an excellent support card also.
Ten Too is the first runner for the night in Race 1 in what is a small but select group of trotters. He resumed in emphatic fashion last week, missing away, before working his way into it courtesy of a great drive by Johnny, getting the gap at 150m, before going away on them near the line. "I was rapt with the run last week. He will have to trot all the way this week as he is up in class. But in saying that he will be all the better for that run".
Ten Too enjoying a morning dip before last week's victory
Graduate Under Fire will contest Race 3, a 1 win stand over 2600m. "It was another good win last week and he gets into this race nicely. He has appeared bright during the week and is a good eachway hope"
Return To Sender starts in Race 5, the Group Two Welcome Stakes. He never got into it last week from his unsuitable 2nd line draw. This time from the more favourable number 2 draw, "he will go forward and hopefully lead. It will be hard to beat Regulus and Isaiah, but he will go an honest race".
Elios and Blazin N Cullen contest the Group One New Zealand Derby, Race 7 over the 2600m.
"Blaze" (left) and Elios (centre) in one of their final hitouts for this week's derby.
"Blaze has come up with another shocker of a draw. He will have to go all the way back and rely on a cart to get into the race. I was rapt with the run of Elios last time out. He hit the line really strongly. With a little bit of luck and a nice run, hopefully he can be with them at the finish".
Hurricane Bromac faces a hot line-up in Race 9, the Group Two Superstars over the 2600m mobile. "The draw has done us no favours and to be fair he looks a bit outclassed in this field. He certainly won't disgrace himself however."
Radar, Jivin Cullen and Samuel James all line up in Race 10, a 5 or more wins pace over the 2600m.
"Radar, is really going through the motions of late. He would have to be at his absolute best to figure. Jivin Cullen produced a good run in last week's Easter Cup at Group One level. This is an obvious drop back in class. With his good stand start manners he must be a huge chance". Samuel James continues to produce solid performances. He is off the 10m here and up against some good sorts, but with a peak run can certainly place."
The final stable runner is Rome's Burning in Race 12. "He is well drawn and I think we just disregard the last start run. He is a fit, race hardened horse and in an even line-up, a definite hope from the draw."
Sunday - Invercargill
Better Than Money and Kabet go around in Race 9 over the 2700m mobile. "Better Than Money is drawn to lead, which is his go. He is probably outclassed a little, but will go another honest race. Kabet was massive last week, but has come up with a horror draw. Hopefully she can get a nice drag into it at some stage. She will go another great race".
Sunday - Rangiora
"I was pleased with the 1st up run of Gambler's Delight, Race 2. She has struck a shocking draw, but to be fair it is not a strong field and she should really be in the money.
Cabo Wabo and Caesar's Flame step out in the "boys" race, a 2600m stand. "Cabo Wabo is having his first race day appearance from a stand start. He stepped fair at the trials, but will need to get a good possie early if he was to figure. I think it would pay to ignore the last start run of Caesar's Flame when he overraced badly. We were stoked with the 1st up run for 5th and a repeat of this would definitely have him in the finish".
Our final three runners for the weekend- Ten Diamonds, Formidable and Piper Heidsieck, contest the Canterbury Cups final Race 9 over 2600m.
Ten Diamonds a good last start 3rd in top mares company at Addington.
"I was very happy with Ten Diamonds last week, especially after having to work early. She will have some work to do from the 20m handicap, but has the class to figure in the finish. Formidable had a horror trip last start. Back on the all weather this time and may need luck to feature. Piper Heidsieck is fresh up after nearly 4 months away from the track. He went a nice trial on Monday, has Dexter on board and if he produced his A-game is a definite hope at odds."
Posted: Thu 04 Apr 2013