Ashburton review

Two winners, an unlucky 6th and a great 1st up run summarise a good day for the stable at todays Ashburton meet.

Crackaheiny does the job for Jase

After a slight setback which saw him miss his intended target, the Graduation series, Crackaheiny was an impressive winner of the boys' race for Jason Thomas. After beginning well and then trailling stablemate Beaudiene Brilliance( Matt Purvis), Crackaheiny received a superb trip before launching up the passing lane in the straight and going on for an empahtic win, underlining his huge potential. A final 800m of 55.8 and 400m 28.2 meant that it was going to be hard for any to make up a lot of ground. John was delighted with the run and the drive.

 Crackaheiny and Jason Thomas dominant winner of the boys' race

Cullen's Mercy causes big upset 

A formline of 0300 was hardly likely to instill a lot of confidence in Cullen's Mercy's chances in the last of the day, but she won like a $1.50 shot belying her fomline and tote odds of $22.00. This was just the mare's 2nd start for the stable and John noted that her last start run hadn't reflected how she had been working. "I actually thought that she would go close 1st up, but things all went to custard for Ray. It knocked the confidence a bit for today, but she showed the motor that she has." After settling back in the running, she was launched by John at the 1000m and was content to sit outside the pacemaking Ireby Betty. After surging to the lead at the top of the straight she dug deep to hold out Dexter and equal favourite Dark Side. It was smiles all round from owner Ray Reekie.     

Cullen's Mercy upsets at big odds in the last of the day.

In other runs for the day, Better Than Money was a certainty beaten in the 6yr old and older mobile. After being awkwardly placed throughout from his 2nd line draw, he spent the length of the straight trying to secure a run for driver Tim Williams before going to the line under a huge hold and beaten 2 lengths. He has next up written all over him.

Also having next up written over her run was Surfin Swift in her resumption over the 2400m stand. After copping a decent check early in the race, she settled back in the running before storming home late to be beaten just under 4 lengths. When you consider where she was at the 400m and that the pacemaking winner Jack Hammer has run home in 800m 56.6 and 400m 27.1 the run was super. John was stoked with the performance as no doubt will be her great supporters and owners the Douglas'.       

Posted: Thu 14 Nov 2013