Six winners a great return for two day meet
It was never going to be easy to replicate Friday's return of four winners and two seconds, but today's second day of the Nelson Summer meet produced a good return all the same, with two winners, a second and a third placing.
Kotare Yael was confidently expected to put in a big run today after such a convincing win on Friday. Having drawn awkwardly on the second line though he was always going to need that bit of luck. While only away fairly, he soon settled in a forward spot, three back on the inside. After a lead change at the 1400m he was in a precarious position four back and looking for a lot of luck. John was eventually forced to pull right back to get some racing room and found himself in last position at the 800m.
At the 500m he sent the Mach Three 3yr old on a searching run wide, but was giving the leaders many lengths turning for home. So well was he travelling however, that he was able to reel in the leaders at the 100m and in a tight finish he got over Aveross Brachole by a neck, with a nose back to Gunpowder that had briefly hit the lead inside the last 50m.
Today's win was the second of his eight start career and with four placings as well he has done a really nice job in his short career to date. As a three year old, today's win also counts as a free win and he should pick up another win pretty quickly in C1 company based on the job he has done this weekend. For his owners Tony and Gay Abell and Kotare Downs Ltd it completes a super weekend with the three wins.
Kotare Yael does a great job today completing a double for the weekend at Nelson
A race later and it was the turn of Joey Maguire, driven by his part-owner Ross Houghton. Joey Maguire drew well again today as he had on day one and was able to hold up the early lead. John and stable mate Music came on a searching run at the 1600m and were able to take the lead, setting up a nice trail for Joey Maguire. Music travelled well in front throughout and at the 400m, it looked like a stable quinella was a real possibility. As soon as the passing lane came at the 200m though Joey Maguire boomed to the lead and while facing late challenges from Marshall Star and Usain Colt, he fought too well to win by three quarters of a length in 2.57.9 for the 2400m. It was the closing sectionals of 800m 55.6 and 400m 28.1 that made it too tough for the late finishers. Music kicked on strongly too only missing third by a nose.
Today's win was the 5th in his 37 start career for Joey Maguire and takes him to a C3 rating. His stake-earnings stand at $43,930 after today's win.
Joey Maguire and Ross Houghton an impressive winning combo in Race 9 this afternoon
Other notable efforts today included:
Dalness Xchange - 3rd
Graduate Under Fire and Little Lion Man - close up 4th and 5th respectively in the Nelson Cup
Bite The Bullet - 2nd
Posted: Sun 10 Jan 2016