Another opportunity for American Tart to shine
Her career has only been two starts to date, but what an impression American Tart has made. A three year old American Ideal filly she made her debut at Blenheim in late January, defeating a nice field of maidens in style without barely being asked for an effort. A week later she trekked down to Invercargill, faced a step up in company, but again blew away her opposition in 2.39.9, one of the faster times ever run on the track and again she appeared to have plenty in hand at the finish.
Today's race is aganst the C1 fillies and mares over the mile and on the big Wyndham track, they are certain to run some time. Since her first two assignments, American Tart has been kept up to the mark at home and has really pleased John with her work out of the Woodend Beach stable. "She worked super earlier on this week," said John. "She'll be spot on for Saturday."
While not wanting to cast his eye with plans too far at the moment, John did have two further southern events in mind for his budding female star. "There's the Futurity on Northern Southland Cup Day and the Southland Oaks is the other key one that we will be looking at. I just need to check the dates on these and work a programme from there."
At this point American Tart is not Nevele R eligible. "We can still make a late payment, but it would be a big call with the two smart ones that Mark Purdon has (Golden Goddess and Dream About Me)," said John. "We haven't written it off though, but the New Zealand Oaks probably looks a more likely target at this stage."
American Tart after her win at Invercargill on 30 January. (Thanks to Bruce Stewart for photo)
The other stable runner that also looks a great chance today is three year old Bite The Bullet. He too is in a good run of form and meets a strong C2 and C3 field over the 2400m. After a successful run on the Nelson and Marlborough circuit, he returned to Addington last week and contested a Super Series final over the 1950m, where after working in the running he ran a nice third behind two good ones in Classie Brigade and Buster Brady. The Graeme Anderson trained Sovereign Banner looks his biggest threat this afternoon.
Posted: Sat 20 Feb 2016