Kotare Mahal spearheads a big act for Show Day
With 6 wins from his last 8 starts, Kotare Mahal is set for his immediate target the $36,000 Graphite Developments Futurity. A strong victory last week at Kaikoura has topped him off for his big assignment. The preferential barrier draw does make the task that much tougher, but whatever he has had thrown at him he has coped with superbly. His toughest competition may come from impressive 1st day winner Vice Chairman. Confidence levels are high in the camp with Johnny saying, "he's as good as we can have him. He'll take a power of beating."
Other runners on the day:
Race 2 - Nikola - CO Graduation Final. "Really happy with the run at Rangiora where we drew terrible and they ran time. He's perfectly drawn this time but as too are our main threats (Quick As A Trick and Burning). I think he's up to any in this though and he's a great eachway hope."
Race 6 - Donegal's Guest - 4yr old and older 1950m mobile. "His was a terrific run the other day behind Saveapatrol. He got held up a little when Uncle Trevor stopped but found the line really well. That was the race they ran 3.09 for the 2600m so he's going super. I think there will be a power of speed on again so the 2nd row draw may be in our favour. Providing he backs up the 1st day run, he's a big chance."
Race 7 - Phantom Grin and Franco Nelson - 4yr old and older 2600m. "That race the other day just didn't suit "Grin." He's much better as he showed the other day at Kaikoura when the pace is on throughout. If it is a more genuine pace this time he can be right in it. Franco Nelson was a great 2nd behind potentially a great mare in Adore Me the other day. He never shirked on his run in the straight and I thought it was a top effort. The draw is not ideal, but if he gets any sort of crack at them they'll know he's there."
Franco Nelson leads the Junior FFA field out of the straight the 1st time on Cup Day
Race 9 - Mach Banner and Sleepy Tripp - the NZ FFA 1609m. "Both horses struggled to get into the big race the other day. The mile is a tricky trip at Addington and the draws really come into play big time. This has to benefit Sleepy Tripp who has drawn the one barrier. At worst he should end up in the trail from this draw and that makes him a definite place chance at worst. If we are to have a longshot to come in on the day he is probably the best placed. Mach Banner has it all ahead of him from barrier 2 on the second row."
Race 12 - Elios - 3yr old and older 1950m mobile. "I was rapt with the 1st day run. He had to do a bit early to cross and then faced pressure in the running. He never stopped trying though and I think will be improved with the run. He does look a strong winning hope."
Posted: Thu 14 Nov 2013