Two to follow for Friday

This Friday's Addington meeting features two interesting runners for the Robert Dunn stable in Wesley Silcox and Superintendent. Wesley Silcox is having just his 5th race start and already has an inpressive formline of three wins and a second from just four starts. Contrastingly, Superintendent is a six start maiden that started his career in the north, headed to Australia after an ownership change, before being "sacked" and ending up at the Woodend Beach stable of the Dunns.

Having tasted defeat for the first time last start, (a good second to the highly rated Dalton Bromac) Wesley Silcox was then given a let-up before coming back in a month ago. He has worked towards Friday night's resumption with a workout last week and then a very impressive trial win at Rangiora yesterday.

"He was pretty impressive alright," reflected co-trainer John. "We really ran some time down the back with the tailwind (a 26.7 quarter), before completing a last 800m in a tick over 55 seconds."

"He has strengthened up nicely, even after only a brief break. He should definitely give a good account Friday."

John has labelled Wesley Silcox as a real watch horse for punters following the stable over the next couple of months.

Going back nearly two years ago, Superintendent was picked out as a promising 2yr old for the "Bunty" Hughes stable. He was good enough to run third in a heat of the Young Guns. This promise was duly noted and the horse changed hands for "big money" before heading to Australia and to the powerful McCarthy stable. To put it bluntly, the horse failed to measure up and was eventually "sacked".

"Having paid the money that they had, the owners figured that it was worth another shot and sent the horse over to us," said John.

"He'd had his last race in July so he didn't take a lot of work to be honest."

Despite the horse's somewhat checkered career, his new trainers are quite upbeat about what he has shown to date. "Yea I like him," said John. "He's not a real speed horse and it is his size and strength that are standing out with him at the moment."  

Superintendent has been fitted for his reappearance with two workouts, the most recent of which saw him run a convincing winner by 4 lengths. His closing sectionals of 800m 57.3 and 400m 28.6 would suggest that his maiden win should be close at hand. Like Wesley Silcox, he too is one to follow closely on Friday and over the next couple of months.           


Posted: Tue 30 Sep 2014