American Tart looks to make it four on end on Invercargill's big day
She has been super impressive in all that she has done up until now and today three year old filly American Tart will look to make it four out of four on Northern Southland Cup Day.
A convincing winner first up at Blenheim in late January, American Tart has had the two trips south since then for wins at both Invercargill and Wyndham. Today's assignment is the Autumn Futurity over the 2700m and has drawn together a pretty handy field. As one of the tighter assessed runners today American Tart has drawn out in barrier eight, while her main threat Swamp Major is one place worse off in barrier nine. While the draw is not ideal, being that this is a longer trip, John will have plenty of options and if he decides to go back early can pick his time to make a move. The filly is sure to put in another big run and on the early fixed odds markets, the bookies have her at unbackable odds. Safely through today, her future targets include the Southland Oaks a Group Two race on 17 April and the New Zealand Oaks a Group One race on 21 May.
American Tart after her last start win at Wyndham (Thanks Bruce Stewart for photo)
Jag's Invasion and Kotare Yarra are two other stable runners that have big targets today. Jag's Invasion looked back somewhere near his best at his last start, in just his second start for the Robert Dunn stable. He made good ground in the closing stages to go down by just a half neck to Harriet Of Mot in a 1950m mobile run in New Zealand record time. Troubled by unsoundness throughout his career, Jag's Invasion has been able to foot it with the very best at different stages of his career and it looks like the beach may be giving him that opportunity again. Today's race is over 3200m and includes amongst the opposition today Harriet Of Mot and another rising star in Bordeaux, unbeaten in his last five starts.
The other stable runner for the day is two year old filly Kotare Yarra that will contest a feature event for the fillies and run for the very good stake of $25,000. Her debut run in the Group Three Leonard Memorial was good after going rough early and settling at the back of the field. At the 1000m she was spotting the leaders 12 lengths and John set her alight making ground steadily to be up outside the leader at the 500m. Second at the 200m, her tough run told over the closing stages, but she continued to run strongly as they went to the line to end up in 5th place. In a race dominated on the tote by the Purdon/Rasmussen trained Renske B and the Mark Jones trained Delightful Memphis, Kotare Yarra does have a more favourable barrier today on the frontline. She should be able to get across early on and if she can secure a more economical run throughout, look for her to be right in the finish today.
Posted: Sat 12 Mar 2016