No Doctor Needed has new opportunity to push cup chances

No Doctor Needed will get a further chance on Sunday to push his case for a start in the 2015 New Zealand Cup. After a great first up run in the Avon City Ford, the hopes were high going into last week's Canterbury Classic. However, on the night it was not to be. No Doctor Needed began well, but was caught wide early. After pressing forward to the breeze, he recieved cover soon after, but was obliged to race in tight quarters throughout.

"We never really got into it," reflected driver John Dunn on last week's run. "By the time I was able to clear all the traffic, the bird had flown really and while he got to the line well we were never a chance."

On a pleasing note, since the Classic, No Doctor Needed has progressed well. While it will be his first run on a grass track, for the beach trained 5yr old, this should present few issues.

After the lastest round of rankings for the cup were published on Wednesday, No Doctor Needed is sitting in 22nd spot. However, with Venus Serena and Franco Nelson of those ranked ahead of him likely to come out of the cup, in reality he is sitting near enough to the top 15. Of those ranked ahead of him at present, Mighty Flying Mac, Te Kawau, Belkmyster and Messini are all in the Methven Cup also. A top three finish will clearly do his chances no end of good in this Group 3 feature over the 3000m.

No Doctor Needed after his first up run at Addington

Meanwhile on Friday night at Addington the stable appear to have a few chances of success, with Cullect A Guinness and Alta Las Vegas at the forefront of those chances.

Cullect A Guinness has produced massive runs the past two starts running seconds behind Regal Ideal and Alta Ronaldo respectively. This time he has a big assist with the draw, having drawn one. Over the 1950m trip you can be sure that John will be going forward early and then looking to dominate as he does so well from the top. The biggest challenge is likely to come from cup aspirant in Brilliant Strike who was forced to do too much work in last week's Canterbury Classic. He has drawn the outside barrier here so will have to do a lot of chasing but is a class act.

The other big chance for the night is 3yr old Alta Las Vegas. He has been readied for his resumption here with two good trial runs at Ashburton, the most latest seeing him run home strongly behind Cable Beach in possibly one of the fastest last halves ever run in this country.  His target this campaign has always been the final Sires Stakes heat at Addington next week. Whatever he is able to do tomorrow night, you can be sure that it will top him off well for next week's heat where he is likely to be joined also by stablemates Bite The Bullet and Franco Cristiano.

Posted: Thu 15 Oct 2015