Smart tart looks to go back-back

In the space of a week, she has travelled the length of the South Island, but American Ideal filly American Tart is confidently expected to make the travel all worthwhile this afternoon at Invercargill.

The most impressive debutante over the two day Marlborough meet last weekend, American Tart looked a filly going places as she hammered a nice enough maiden field, including subsequent second day winner Runaway Star with ridiculous ease.

The man that oversees her training at Woodend Beach is driver John Dunn and he was very clear that last week's win was as easy as it looked. "She fair jogged it mate," was his honest appraisal. However, John is never one to get carried away with things and when I asked him about bigger goals down the track he was a lot more reserved. "You just never know how they will step up really. You can think that you have a real nice horse and then you can go gainst the good ones and they can make you look second rate. So at the moment we will just take it one step at a time. If she is good enough to win today, then we will probably come back down on Kindergarten Stakes Day."

Drawn really nicely in the one barrier today off the mobile, John has all the options really. There are one or two that would be ok to trail but if John wanted to stay in front early, he had no doubt that his filly would be able to hold up. We look forward to seeing her step out again this afternoon and good luck to the connections

Later in the day and Cullect A Guinness will look to add to his very good season as he steps out in the Invercargill Cup over the 3200m. A Group Three race, this event has drawn a particularly even looking field and a fast time looks on the cards. With good stand start exponent Costa Del Magnifico off the front and smart Southland pacer Tasman Bromac off 10m, it will certainly not be easy for the backmarkers. Cullect A Guinness is one of these and he will need his share of luck today as he starts off the 30m mark. However, the winner of seven races this season is match fit, a great stayer and if any of the favourites are slightly off their game, he is sure to take advantage of this. We wish John and the owners all the best for that event.

Posted: Sat 30 Jan 2016