Premier Racing returns to Addington
This Saturday's Premier Race Day meet at Addington is sure to be a belter. The highlight of the day in terms of Group racing and for the stable is the Group One Nevele R fillies final. While the Mark Pudon trained Adore Me, is sure to be at tight odds on the tote, there is some good confidence from within the stable with the super consistent Kabet coming up with the coveted barrier one position. In speaking to John this week, he reflected that he, "couldn't be happier". Her work since the Southland Oaks has been good and she has her chance to take on the All Star Stables filly, with some confidence that she can do the job. "From the draw, we definitely need to be coming out of the gate positively. Provided she gets a nice run on the pace, she will have a chance to come over the top of them again with that trademark, booming finishing run". Kabet will again be driven by regualar reinsman Tim Williams.
While the fillies final clearly dominates the day, for stable staff it will be heads down with 11 horses engaged on the day.
John looks at their hopes for us:
Race 1 sees stable debutante I C U Darling having its 1st start in the South. This filly out of outstanding racemare Molly Darling has had 3 starts to date."We have had her for about a month. She would have to improve on what she has done to date to be fair, but would be a definite place hope in field not blessed with a lot of form".
Race 3 is the Nevele R fillies consolation and from a favourable draw again, Mashika must be a huge hope. "Her last 2 runs have finally reflected the ability that has been shown at home. There is no Adore Me this time, so providing she fronts up again, she must be a huge chance".
Race 4 - Massimo - "He has only been going fair of late and from this draw against a field featuring derby winner Border Control he will be needing a miracle!"
Race 6 - Elios - "He has continued to make good progress since his win in the Group II down south last time. The draw is in our favour and it will be good to see how he fronts up against Bit Of A Legend and Classiesistar, who appear the other two standouts in the race. A definite winning hope for sure".
Race 9 - Cullen's Spirit - "Hasn't had a lot of luck this time in and dented his chances last time with an early break. Ricky takes the drive this time and the draw is favourable also. He must be a hope in what is a good even field."
Race 11 - Piper Heidsieck, Radar and Hurricane Bromac. "The handicappers go around again. Piper enjoyed a good run last time but was never going to catch Democracy who just flies when he is in form. His manners are generally good and Dex jumps on this time. A definite eachway hope at odds. Radar was definitely better last week, but stuck to the fence and got all favours with the hot pace set up front. Off the 20m handicap will need lots of luck. Hurricane Bromac blew it with a break down south last time. He usually steps well and if he does will not be far way".
Race 12 - Gambler's Delight - "Looked desperately unlucky last week after being dragged back by the trailling horse that stopped on her. She has drawn well again this time and with any luck should be half a chance."
The stable have 3 runners that will go around at a more "low key" Timaru meeting on Sunday. Caesar's Flame has drawn handily in what on paper looks quite an ordinary field in Race 7. "He has been racing well in nuch better fields. The mobile suits and if he produces his best will prove hard to beat".
2yr old Elsu filly Bellatricks debuts in Race 8 from a tricky 2nd line draw. "She has shown good ability in two trial runs. The expectation is that she will only improve with the run".
Lauramegan - Race 9 - went super in her resumption at Ashburton. "She is sure to have benefitted from the run and is a definite eachway chance again".
The final mention for the weekend belongs to Montecrengle who races in the claimer, Race 11 at Forbury on Friday. "In 3 starts back he has been ultra-consistent with two 2nds and a win. He felt super last time but knocked off a bit the last 100m. We have upped his work, Dex takes the drive and really he should just be winning!"
So in summary, Montecrengle looks the best bet for the weekend, while for eachway value, Mashika at Addington and Caesar's Flame at Timaru will both give you a good run for your money.
Posted: Thu 09 May 2013