Sires Stakes Heat and Avon City Ford key races this week

If spring racing had seemed a little lacklustre up until now, things really ramp up a gear this week with the Forbury Sires Stakes Heat Thursday and the Avon City Ford Cup at Addington on Friday both featuring stable runners.

The first heat of the NRM Sires Stakes is run at Forbury Park this Thursday. While this field looks a little unspectacular on exposed form, you can be sure that the form runners from this event will go onto good things this season. In terms of the Robert Dun stable, this race appears to set up well for the unbeaten Franco Cristiano.

The Bettor's Delight gelding has done all that could be expected from him to date, with three wins from three race starts. To add to his stocks in this event, he has also drawn the coveted inside draw in a smallish eight horse field. He won't get things all his own way however. The Paul and Mitchell Kerr trained Three Ways did a good job last season at two and is sure to be ready to go a big race first up. There is also the two debutante runners from the Purdon/Rasmussen stable - He Can Fly and G I Joe. Both have performed with credit in recent trials in Canterbury and will look to qualify for the Cup Day final before their better credentialled stablemates reappear. There is also stablemate Bettor's Power which appears to have his work cut out from a wide draw on this occasion.

Friday night's Addington meet has drawn some great fields with the Group Three Avon City Ford Cup the highlight of the night. Importantly for the stable, it sees the resumption of well performed stable runner No Doctor Needed. While he meets a big field  stacked full of talent, John is looking forward to getting him back on the track.

"I'm really happy with him to be honest," he reflected. "In saying that he is probably going to need the run as many of the ones in that field have already had a couple of goes."

No Doctor Needed was a winner of the Southern Supremacy at three and then carried on with a very good season as a 4yr old. He won five races from 15 race starts and with a further six placed performances he was competitive whenever he fronted.

No Doctor Needed has had a trial and a workout to prepare him for Friday's resuming run. These included a close 2nd behind Saveapatrol at Rangiora trials (9 September) and an impressive win over race rival Choice Achiever at last week's Rangiora workouts. While he will derive benefit from the run, it would be no surprise to see him figure prominently this week.

A good run at Rangiora a fortnight ago suggests No Doctor Needed is well on track for big spring targets

Posted: Tue 22 Sep 2015