Freedom Fighter and Cullect A Guinness both turn in top runs

While both horses were beaten favourites on the night, you couldn't help with be impressed by the runs of both Freedom Fighter and Cullect A Guinness at last night's Addington meeting.

Freedom Fighter had a big reputation to uphold and certainly did it no harm with a hard finishing 2nd behing Articulight. Purchased at last year's Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch or $48,000, Freedom Fighter had impressed winning a recent Rangiora workout in fast time. His debut race last night did look to be a match race with Articulight which had impressed in it's first two starts. After showing speed out of the gate, John was quite happy to concede the lead to his main rival. However, once in front Articulight faced little pressure meaning that the closing sectionals were always going to be quick. Able to sprint home in 800m 56.4 and 400m 27.8, Articulight held on gamely by a neck over Freedom Fighter, which was fast closing the gap.

Freedom Fighter going onto the track before his debut last night

John was more than happy with the run. "They just ran too slow overall', was his comment.

He also felt that losing ground on the final bend was as big a factor on the night. "We lost a length on Mark on the turn and that was the race really. But he's still gone great."

Later in the night, one of the rising stars in the stable in Cullect A Guinness put in a massive run in defeat.

After coming out of the gate fairly, he didn't help his cause laying in as they came to the judge with two laps to go.

"I was going forward and looking to cross Dexter (on eventual winner Regal Ideal) and he just ducked in on me a bit," said John. Ultimately it was this check and the resultant work that he was forced to do afterwards that proved costly on the night.

After working around the pacemaking Clive at the 1800m he was finally able to take control. From there he assumed his usual free-running style rattling off some very slick sectionals in the process. While he was still travelling well on the bend, it was Regal Ideal who had taken some shortcuts from the 600m, ending up in the trail coming to the turn, that eventually nailed him up the passing lane with 50m to go to go on to win by 3/4 length in a very smart 3.11.8 for the 2600m. They ran home in 800m 57.9 and 400m 27.8.

Last night's defeat has done little to the reputation of  Cullect A Guinness who from his six race starts has had the four wins and two seconds. He is sure to have a productive spring campaign if last night's run is anything to go by.

Cullect A Guinness before his brave second behind southerner Regal Ideal.

Posted: Sat 03 Oct 2015

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