It was a perfect night for racing at Addington last night and the track was on fire with fast times the order of the day. There were a number of good placings for the stable on the night.
A stable newcomer in Returntorocknroll went a nice race in the non tote race, being beaten a neck by the Nigel McGrath trained Maia Maguire. Angel Of Destiny was a further six lengths away in third.
Bite The Bullet fought hard for third in the first of the night, behind Classie Brigade and Buster Brady. He worked hard to find the early lead, before handing up down the back to Buster Brady. He had his chance up the passing lane in the straight, but was outfinished by a couple of better ones on the night in Classie Brigade and Buster Brady, the 1950m being run in 2.20.4.
Joey Maguire and Return To Sender took on some smart ones in Race Two, in Field Marshall and Hug The Wind. Joey Maguire led off the gate early, before trailling Field Marshall throughout. He fought hard to run third behind Field Marshall and Hug The Wind, the 1950m run in 2.22.3. Return To Sender blew out in the run home after being well placed throughout.
Kotare Kasai was slow off the gate early in her assignment, Race Four and raced back on the rails throughout. She ran home well enough for 6th, behind an impressive Nek Time. The 1950m was run in 2.19.2, the last 800m in 54.5 and the last 400m in 27.6. It was little wonder that nothing was able to make ground from the back.
Dalness Xchange and Art Critic went around in the Group Two for the mares. Neither had any luck in the running and will be better for their experience in this company.
Jag's Invasion broke down the backstraight when appearing to be jogging, in what was his first run for the stable.
Artful had a difficult draw to overcome in the the Listed Sales final for the fillies and was back and wide with a mile to go. She managed to get on the back of Amazon Lily from the 1600m and progressed forward, ending up in the one-one on the back of favouite Talkerup at the 1000m. She enjoyed a nice trip from that point, but was caught up in tight quarters from the 400m to the 150m, flashing home for third once she was able to get out. This was a great run and augurs well for her future assignments against the better fillies.
Cullect A Guinness was the final runner for the night and went a super run for second in the Group Three behind new New Zealand record holder in Locharburn. John eased him off the gate early and he settled 4th in the five horse field. Sent forward by John at the 700m he loomed large coming to the turn. However, Locharburn was in a class of his own, strolling home in a new New Zealand record of 3.06.5, by one and a quarter lengths. Cullect A Guinness was super in defeat, running second in 3.06.8 and continues to run great races.
Posted: Sat 13 Feb 2016