It was just one of those nights!
The night started well and ended well, but in between well, it was just one of those nights!
Bite The Bullet started the night on a good note putting in a great effort for third in a heat of the NRM Sires Stakes. After settling last, he was launched by John three wide from the 500m. After loomimg three wide on the turn, he stuck to his guns up the straight, holding on for a very strong third.
John was stoked with the run hoping that it may be enough to get him into the final on Show Day. It is undecided if he will contest the next heat scheduled for 23 October.
Franco Cristiano was all the rage in the following race backed into as short as $1.40 on the tote. However, he was caught wide early and after trying to get into the running line at the 2100m went into an inexplicable gallop, losing 200m and all chance. This was the first blight on an otherwise perfect formline and you can be sure that John and the team will be working hard at solving any issues in the next couple of weeks.
Uncas had no luck in the feature trot won by Master Lavros. After being sent forward by Ross at the 1400m, taking advantage of the pedestrian pace, he was forced to hang tough outside the favourite. When the pressure went on from the 500m he was a spent force, only battling in the run to the line.
There were three stable runners in the C2-3 stand, Race 6. After around a 12 minute delay that saw late scratchings and horses shifted to the unruly, the race finally got away. Unfortunately for the stable runners they took little part. Little Rascal - galloped himself out of it, Mr Meddle was always back from his 10m handicap and The Royal Garden while given a good run by Dexter failed to perform on the night.
It was then onto the Canterbury Classic and No Doctor Needed gunning for a top three finish. After beginning fairly well, he was wide and going forward out of the straight the first time before getting to the parked position. He received cover soon after and then raced in tight quarters for most of the race, overracing badly. When into the clear in the straight he battled home in 9th spot some eight lengths off impressive winner Tiger Tara. He will get a further chance to stake his cup claims in the Ashburton Flying Stakes which is over two weeks away.
The final chance of the night lay with Cullect A Guinness in the last race. Off the unruly and a 20m handicap he stepped well tacking onto the end of the main bunch after 200m. He was sent forward to have a serious look for the lead at the 1300m, with Mark Purdon driving hotpot Alta Ronaldo happy to hand up. From there he dictated a strong pace, only being gunned down up the passing lane by Alta Ronaldo at the 100m. He maintained his impressive record of running first or second each time to the races from seven attempts and will be soon back in the winners yard.
Posted: Sat 10 Oct 2015