All the action from Friday from a stable point of view
A very patient drive from John got Extreme Guest home in Race Three at Addington on Friday. Unlucky in his previous two starts on the track, John had been very happy with the horse's work heading into Friday night's race.
Bad draw and all, he was able to work into a nice three back sit on the outside for much of the race. Pulled wide turning for home he quickly gathered in the leaders, before going on to win by two lengths in a smart 3.12.6 for the 2600m mobile.
Owned by Mark Smolenski and his wife Carolyn, they were thrilled with the victory, the second of the horses's career from 25 starts.
"He's often found a lot of bad luck in his races," said Mark.
"When I spoke to John yesterday though, he was pretty confident and thought that he would be too good for them."
"Funnily enough I was quite keen to sell the horse but there hadn't been a great deal of interest him being a six year old and all."
Perhaps after Friday's victory there may now be some more serious interest in the horse, that looks to have at least another win in him at quite short notice.
Extreme Guest won his second race in style for owners Mark and Carolyn Smolenski
Friday night also saw the reappearance on the track of the faster class pacers and the stable was well represented with both Franco Nelson and Cullect A Guinness.
Franco Nelson took a flyer early to land a trail, while Cullect A Guinness was a little bit slow off the mark before settling at the tail of the field.
After lead changes down the back the first time, Franco Nelson became awkwardly placed four back while Cullect A Guinness had been able to work into a one-one sit. Positions stayed like that until turning for home. While it was the two class pacers Locharburn and Tiger Tara that burts away at the 200m, you could not miss Franco Nelson, who after being denied racing room turning for home, really flew when the gaps finally came to finish just a couple of lengths away in third placing. Cullect A Guinness battled strongly for 5th after being very wide on the turn.
Franco Nelson and Cullect A Guinness will now head to Oamaru for next Sunday's Hannon Memorial.
Franco Nelson was a strong finisher for third in the Maurice Holmes Vase, the feature of the night
In terms of other racing on the night:
Nigel Armstrong and the Westview Racing No 13 syndicate would have been heartened with the strong run for third by Living Legend in Race Three after having done a power of work over the last lap.
Living Legend a nice third in Race Two
Kotare Yael showed that another win is close at hand with a really good third behind Beyond Belief in Race Five. He has improved at each run this preparation.
Kotare Yael ran a great third in Race Five
Gotta Go Ya Hu led throughout in Race Eight over the 1950m and was nutted very late in proceedings to go down a neck and a head behind upset winner Johnny Eyre. He fought tenaciously when challenged over the last 100m.
Gotta Go Ya Hu only goes down late in Race Eight
Posted: Sun 04 Sep 2016