A good finish to a great season
It was fitting that a beautifully fine afternoon saw a good crowd turn out for the last harness meeting of the season at Rangiora racecourse. While there were just the two stable runners that turned out - Kotare Mahal and Blazin N Cullen - both produced top performances. Kotare Mahal backed up his emphatic maiden victory from Friday evening with an equally convincing victory over a 1-2 win field. After showing the necessary gatespeed to lead early, he was crossed a lap out, before again assuming the lead from the 900m. While pressured in the lead over the last 800m, he showed his class to cruise to victory by 1 1/4 lengths, with the last 800m in 57.7 and the last 400m in 27.7. Everything points to some exciting times ahead for the Tony and Gay Abell owned Mach Three 3yr old gelding.
The victory of Kotare Mahal was also notable for two reasons - it gave the stable win 90 for the season and completed a fine season for Johnny with 102 wins in the cart.
Kotare Mahal completes his 2nd victory in under 48 hours, giving John win 102 for the season.
Blazin N Cullen turned in a good performance in the last race for the season, storming home for 3rd behind the Mark Purdon trained pair of Gotta Go Yanky and Beau Vite. Another win for him should only be a short time away.
There were a number of other areas of interest on the day also, most notably what would unfold in the final stages of the training premiership. With a win in the 1st of the day, with Princess Sophia, the Cran Dalgety stable took a one win lead. It was fitting that outright victory for the first time for the Kentuckiana Lodge stable was secured by a budding superstar on debut, in Locharburn. A Christian Cullen colt, out of the capable racemare Suzys Delight, Locharburn had only qualified early in the week. Despite doing it tough outside the leader throughout, Locharburn powered away at the 200m, winning by 3 1/2 lengths in an impressive 2.27.1 for the 2000m mobile. He certainly looks a progressive type. Congratulations to Cran, Chrissie and the team in securing their 1st training premiership.
The final area of interest surrounded Dexter and whether he could pull off the magical double century for a 3rd time. After wins with A J Lee and Locharburn, he went to 199. Needing victory in the last with Mighty Flying Mac, he was always a hope. However, a poor draw, and a lack of luck in the run meant that it was a bridge too far. Nonetheless, what a year yet again for Dex! 199 wins, 1.8 million in stakes and a udr of 0.2976, he just keeps on doing the impossible.
Posted: Sun 28 Jul 2013