Successful return from Mach Banner
Last Friday's Addington meet saw a resumption to the racetrack from Mach Banner. Easily the class horse of the race, he was eased back in the early running before making his run from the 600m. After a brief battle in the straight with stablemate Samuel James, he eventually pulled clear for a comfortable victory, the 11th of his career. The plan is to keep him ticking over and to go around in a similar race in a couple of weeks.
Mach Banner made a pleasing resumption at Addington last Friday
As mentioned in an earlier article, John is fast closing in on the 100 winners for the season. He is currently 6 shy on 94, Presently he sits in 5th place behind brother Dexter (174), Ricky May (106), Matthew Williamson (103) and David Butcher (98). With 15 southern meetings still to go for the season, it would take a brave man to write off Dexter's chances of the double century for the 3rd time in his career.
The Mark Purdon stable have a stranglehold on the trainers premiership with 109 winners. The Kentuckiana Lodge barn of Cran Dalgety are getting close to their 100th season winner, while the Robert Dunn stable are a comfortable 3rd on 84. While the 100 wins for the season is looking a tall order, a good run this weekend will at least make them a runners chance of attaining this elusive tally.
The junior drivers premiership has been dominated all season by Oamaru reinsman Matty Williamson. With 103 season wins to date he is a comfortable 23 wins ahead of good mate Zac Butcher, who in turn is 41 wins ahead of 3rd placed Joshua Dickie.
Posted: Thu 20 Jun 2013