Alta Las Vegas registers impressive win

Smart 3yr old Alta Las Vegas put the disappointment of missing out on a Sires Stakes run quickly behind him with an impressive win at Ashburton this afternoon. Having just his 8th race start, Alta Las Vegas was registering his second win and with four second placings also, has taken his stake-earnings to just over $23,000.

By Bettor's Delight and out of a nice racemare in Alta Camilla, Alta Las Vegas was first emergency for Tuesday's Sires Stakes after recording a 4th placing behind Lazarus in the final heat. He always looked a class above today's opposition and once John utilised the inside draw early on, it was effectively game over. After a comfortable lead time of 59 seconds for the first 800m, he controlled things well from the front before producing good sectionals of 800m 56.8 and 400m 27.9 to run out a convincing winner by 3.5 lengths in 2.57.8 for the 2400m mobile.

Alta Las Vegas before his 4th placing behind Lazarus at Addington last month

Owned by Stu and Liz Leadley, John has always had a very high opinion of Alta Las Vegas. He showed real promise at two, winning fresh-up at Invercargill, before a strong second behind Chase The Dream in the Sapling Stakes at Ashburton. This time in he has produced a string of placings before today's success. Such was the convincing nature of today's victory that he is sure to kick on for a profitable summer with lots of opportunities available.

Earlier in the day, Kotare Yael produced a nice run for third on debut. A Mach Three 3yr old, he had trialled well leading up to his debut today. After getting a nice run for the first mile, he obliged to run parked from the 800m. After looming up to the pacemaker The Nans Man on the turn he fought strongly over the final 200m for his placing. The race was won by Celestial Arden in 2.58.9 by 3/4 length, with a further 2.75 lengths back to Kotare Yael.

The only other runner today was trotter Bourbon And Dry. He again did his chips at the start going into a bad break losing all chance before coming in at the tail of the field.

Posted: Thu 12 Nov 2015