Final hit outs before Jewels Day.
For two stable runners in Elios and Return To Sender, this week's meeting at Addington marks a last opportunity before next Saturday's Jewels Day at Ashburton. In all, 7 stable runners will go around, including Radar in Race 7 who will finally gain the "Met Multiplier Reward" after stepping out for the 15th time this season at a New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club (NZMTC) meeting.
The initiative undertaken by Addington Raceway this season has been popular with horsemen. There have been five qualify for the bonus already. To earn a Met Multiplier a horse has to start at a NZMTC meeting a minimum of 15 times over a 12-month, rolling period and be placed first or dead heat for 1st in one of those qualifying starts. Having met these criteria, the qualifying horse, in this case Radar, earns their connections a healthy $7500. In his 14 qualifying starts, Radar has won twice and placed 3rd on a further two occasions. A six win horse for handicapping purposes, Radar has been struggling in this class for some time and against the "champ," Christen Me tomorrow night, he is again going to be outclassed. Nonetheless, the bonus for regular attendance will no doubt be welcomed by connections.
Radar who will be the 6th beneficiary of the $7500 Met Multiplier Reward after racing at Thursday's Addington meeting.
On what is an interesting night's racing with 12 races carded and 3 races for the Amateur's, the stable appear to have some good hopes of adding to an already impressive season tally (3rd place presently with 79 wins for the season).
Lauramegan will likely go out favourite in Race 1. She has gone terrific races from poor draws, in two starts in this campaign. If Johnny can get any sort of luck from a 2nd row draw, and she repeats her run from Sunday, she should go very close to securing a well deserved victory.
After a good run for 3rd at his last start, Elios has drawn well in the one barrier as he takes on Derby winner Border Control, as well as other smart 3yr olds in Mista Mara and Classiesistar in Race 6 over 2600m. John was happy with his last start effort after burning early and is looking for a forward run ahead of next week's big go. He must at least be an eachway hope on his progress to date.
As previously mentioned Radar takes on some big guns in Race 7 and is joined in this challenge by stablemate Samuel James. Both will require a lot of luck to figure this week.
After having raced only the very best throughout his 8 start career, surely Return To Sender can get a deserved victory in Race 10. This wee guy has had little go right in recent starts with poor draws and quality opposition. With his high gate speed, he is sure to take a forward position early and from there can make his own luck.
I C U Darling was only so-so in her 1st up run for the stable. She is sure to have derived a lot of benefit from the run, has a good draw in Race 11 and hopefully will be a place chance at least.
The final runner for the evening is Dalness in Race 12. This filly showed promise in her previous campaign, with 1 win and a 3rd from 8 race starts. She has had over 3 months away from the track, has pleased connections with her work and has drawn well. She must rate as an eachway chance.
Posted: Wed 22 May 2013