John is looking forward to the debut on Friday night of Gotta Go Ya Hu. A two year old gelding by Big Jim, out of an unraced mare Hu Hu (Christian Cullen - Perfect Paua), Gotta Go Ya Hu was purchased earlier this month out of the Steve Dolan stable by Clive and Rona McKay. Gotta Go Ya Hu had impressed beating subsequent Invercargill winner in Vincent in a Rangiora trial at the start of the month. He stepped out publicly for the first time for the stable at last week's Rangiora workouts and while given a quiet run, was beaten just a nose over a 2000m trip run in 2.33.1. The last 800m was run in 55.5, the last 400m 28.1. Dexter will partner him on Friday evening as he steps out in a 1950m maiden run from the mobile. He looks sure to start a very warm favourite.
The season is all over for Franco Nelson, that was a disappointing 8th in Saturday's Easter Cup. John said that the horse has still got some niggly issues that they haven't got on top of for now. He will be given a decent break, before being readied for this year's New Zealand Cup. John still has faith in the horse and is confident that he can return to the top of his game in the new season.
There will be two stable runners in this Friday night's Group Two Superstars Championship. Cullect A Guinness and Joey Maguire will compete with hotpot Locharburn and the impressive Field Marshall. The race was looking very much under threat of not going ahead, but John stepped in to help the club out with a late inclusion of Joey Maguire. John relayed that Colin DeFilippi was very happy with the run of Cullect A Guinness in the Easter Cup after having little luck in the running. He starts from barrier seven in the eight horse field Friday. Joey Maguire starts from barrier six.
Stable junior drive Craig Smith is still a while away from being seen on the track on race night. Early this month Craig had a training mishap dislocating his elbow, while also sustaining a bone chip fracture. While he has hardly missed a day at work since his injury, Craig has not really been able to do much in terms of driving on the training track. He has a check up next week and we wish him all the best on this.
Say My Name takes another step towards a possible northern campaign that could include the Taylor Mile, The Messenger and the the Harness Jewels, as he steps out in a 1950m mobile for the C2 and C3 pacers. He has drawn poorly - three on the second row, but his class will take him a long way as it did first up when a convincing winner over the 2600m.
Smart three year old filly American Tart will make her Addington debut on Friday night in fillies and mares company over the 1950m. She has done well since having a heart issue last start at Invercargill. John is very pleased with the progress since then. Safely through this assignment, she will head to Invercargill in a fortnight for the Southland Oaks.
Letspendanitetogetha and Katgotstyle pleased John with winning runs at today's Rangiora workouts, while he was also pleased with Highview Freddy which ran a nice second. He has been away from the racetrack for nearly a year, so it is good to see him back.
Posted: Wed 30 Mar 2016