Say My Name back bigtime at Addington
The old saying that form is temporary but class is permanent was so apt when describing the reappearance of Say My Name at Addington last night. Good enough to foot it with the likes of Follow The Stars at two and then bereft of any luck in an injury-shortened three year campaign, Say My Name has always been held in the highest regard by his trainers Robert and John Dunn. Based on his victory last night for driver Matt Purvis in junior drivers company, he will quickly realise the potential that he has always possessed.
Say My Name was all set for a resumption on Kaikoura Cup Day in the Sales Series pace before another injury enforced period on the sideline. John was gutted at the time as he had the horse "absolutely flying," but was more than happy to give the 4yr old Art Major stallion all the time he needed to get right and back to the track. A convincing workout win last Saturday at Methven convinced the stable that he was ready going into his first up assignment.
Away well enough from his second-line draw, Say My Name settled midfield early before being allowed to mooch forward by Matt Purvis from the 1700. While he was doing it reasonably easy sitting parked through the middle stages of the race, a fast lead time of 1.12.3 was certainly going to test his fitness. A soft first half of the last mile in 64.3 allowed him to relax beautifully. When the challenges came three wide down the back, Matt allowed his charge to punch through in the middle working on a 27.4 quarter. He quickly levelled up to leader and second favourite Star Fantasy coming into the straight and strode to the front. Kept up to his work over the last 200m run in 29 seconds, Say My Name went to the line strongly, holding on by three quarters of a length from a fast finisher in Nui Toc Tien, with Usain Colt a length away in third.
It was a very happy part-owner Ross Gordon after the race. "Robert and John have always maintained that the horse is class and that we just need to be patient. But as he'd been away from the track for so long going into last night you just never know."
Gordon harked back to some of the bad luck the horse has had. "John was very confident in the Harness Jewels in his two year old year, but he got bowled over during the race. Then last season we were on track for the Great Northern Derby and then he went amiss. So yea that was great to watch tonight."
Providing the horse has come through last night's race well there are plenty of opportunities for him on premier night's over the next few weeks. With Have Faith In me set to miss this year's Taylor Mile, Messenger and Harness Jewels, there are many potential targets against the next tier of 4yr olds providing his body holds up.
Posted: Sat 19 Mar 2016