John continues to shine on Premier Race nights
The big punters certainly knew what they were doing early on, backing John in from a starting quote of $2.20 in the Drivers Challenge, to $1.80 at the close. From the moment Say My Name won the 3rd, it was clear that he was the one to beat.
John's 4 wins on the night included the aforementioned Say My Name and Mashika for the Robert Dunn stable. His other two wins went a long way to keeping the family happy with Kincaslough winning for his in-laws, the Edmonds, while he continued the magnificent relationship that he has with champion 3yr old filly Venus Serena.
Say My Name does the job on debut
The win of Say My Name reflected the confidence in the camp after strong trial/workout runs over the last 2 weeks. Given a beautiful run by John in the 1-1 most of the way, the 2yr old son of Art Major was manouvred into the clear at the 200m, comfortably reeling in another good debutante in A Boy Named Rosie in very good 2.23.9 for the 1950m mobile. They ran home the last 800m 57.9 and 400m in 29.2.
Purchased by part owner Ross Gordon at last year's premier yearling sales in Christchurch, Say My Name is out of Shakeilah, an In The Pocket mare. This is a long and distinguished breeding line, with Shakeilah's grand-dam Parusa leaving a long line of successful performers including In Or Out, Undercheck and of course Shakeilah's dam Smooth Sheila.
Owned by Ross and his wife Angela, Say My Name has had his share of personal identity crisis. He was originally called Archaha, then American Hustle, before finally being given the name we know him as now, Say My Name. The authority of last night's victory will undoubtedly see him as one of the favourites as he heads towards next Saturday's Ashburton meet and a crack at the time honoured Sapling Stakes.
Say My Name enjoying a bit of fun after a great victory on debut
What has become very clear in the reinstated mile racing at Addington, is that the one draw is the draw to get. As soon as Mashika drew this marble, John had no hesitation in labelling her as the stable's best for the night.
Owned by Graeme Iggo, this 4yr old mare, Mach Three -Rafiki has always showed a great deal of promise but has often been bereft of luck in her races. Her run last week was great evidence of this, as she was polaxed early losing considerable ground, before rattling home for a terribly unlucky 5th. This run was not missed by the punting fraternity who put her out a warm favourite at $2.20 on the tote.
After leading "for fun" from 1, Mashika was closely attended by Magna for the majority of the race. On the turn, the trailling runners looked likely to swamp her after the pressure that she had faced, however, she dug deep for John and held on a convincing winner by a neck in 1.56.9 for the mile, home in 800m 57.9 and 400m 28.7. This was Mashika's second win from just 21 starts and is hopefully a sign that many more wins are in store.
Mashika is the 7th foal out of Rafiki to race and the 6th individual winner. She is the dam of the formerly well performed Huey Hewett, 60 starts, 7 wins, 9 seconds, 9 thirds and stake-earnings of $70,999, a horse raced also by Ross and Angela Gordon.
Mashika digs deep for win 2 of her career
Posted: Sat 01 Feb 2014