3yr olds aim for Group Two glory
This Sunday's Southland Harness Finals Day marks the last big meeting of the season in the south. More importantly for the Robert Dunn stable, it marks an opportunity for Group Two glory for class 3yr olds Kabet and Elios.
Well performed Bettor's Delight filly Kabet aims for Group Two glory in Sunday's Southland Oaks.
Having started this season as a one win filly, Kabet has proved somewhat of a revelation this season. From 13 starts for the 2012-2013 season, she has recorded 5 wins and 3 seconds and $46,000 in stake-earnings. Her phenomenal finishing sprint has been seen to effect on a number of occasions, including her last start victory on the track in a very smart 3.23 for the 2700m. The half-sister to the well-performed and ill-fated Talaspring, (80 starts - 19 wins, 7 seconds, 12 thirds LT $235,305) could arguably be rated as one of the country's very best fillies behind champion filly Adore Me. Victory in Sunday's Oaks will prove a great launching pad for future assignments including the Nevele R fillies final, the NZ Oaks and June's Harness Jewels.
Kabet's last to first victory over Awesum Teddy and Safedra at her last start
Meanwhile, the lightly raced Elios heads south targeting the Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes final. A veteran of just 8 race starts, Elios was a creditable 7th at his last start in the Group One New Zealand Derby at Addington. From a tricky 2nd line draw Elios received a good run early before working hard in the middle stages. He enjoyed a brief bit of respite before again launching 3 and 4 wide from the 500m. While beaten 8 lengths by the impressive Border Control, Elios never shirked his task in the run to the line.
From the handy draw of 3, John has options to go forward early and from there assess his options. Clearly the toughest two to beat will be the John Hay trained Eric Clapton and the Dean Taylor trained Scotlynn Jiggs. With the giant steps that Elios has made in such a short career and his in-form reinsman, he is clearly favoured to produce a top run.
Elios an unlucky 4th in the Group Two Vero Flying Stakes two starts ago at Addington.
Posted: Wed 17 Apr 2013