There's been a lot happening around the stable

Just as the spring racing looks to go up another notch in the next few weeks, so too does the quality of horseflesh around the stable step up also. John is very happy with with things sit presently and with some new talent emerging they are well placed moving towards and beyond cup week.

Quick As A Trick enters the stable ranks

While he has been with the stable during the last month for a bit of change of scenery, Quick As A Trick has now officially entered the ranks of the Robert Dunn stable, based at Woodend Beach. The Lis Mara 6yr old, owned by Australian Greg Brodie has done a good job throughout his career, his 51 starts resulting in 10 wins and over $133,000 in stake-earnings.

After missing away in Sunday's Methven Cup, he made a big run around the field to occupy the death spot down the backstraight and was disputing the pace turning for home. Understandably the big run took its toll in the straight as he faded to be beaten by 13 lengths.

Quick As A Trick will further his preparation for the New Zealand Cup with a start at Ashburton on Monday iin either the Flying Stakes, or the C5-OC event. He will again be piloted by Jessica Young.

Little Rascal on target for Junior Free-For-All 

Little Rascal had his first start at Addington for 11 months when contesting an event for the C3-C6 pacers over the 1950m. While drawn wide, he was able to find a midfield position, before being sent forward by John down the backstraight. After levelling up to the pacemaker turning for home, he quickly hit the lead, before holding on narrowly from his fast finishing stablemate Dalness Xchange.

This was the Panspacificflight 5yr old's 8th win from 40 starts and takes his stake-earnings to over the $100,000 mark. He will have his next race in the C5-OC event over the 2400m stand at Ashburton on Monday. Past this event the plan is the Junior Free-For-All at Addington on Cup Day.

John was very impressed by the run.

"He had to do some work in the race and while Dalness Xchange came at us late, what I really liked about Little Rascal was how he dug in before the line and started to go again."

"Dalness Xchange was a much improved run also and if she hadn't knocked off on Dexter just before the line would've pushed us real close."

Cmeerock does good job to clear maidens

Earlier in the evening last Friday, it was the winning turn of 4yr old mare Cmeerock. A nine start maiden before Friday night, Cmeerock has always been well backed in her races. It was a run for second two starts previous that indicated that her maiden win was close at hand. After getting the front early on, she was able to dictate a good clip before holding on strongly to win over the 2600m in 3.15.4

"She hasn't been the easiest horse to train and has had her issues with her wind and tying up. There has never been any doubting her ability though," said John, who was pleased for her connections the Forrests and Luke Radich.

Alta Orlando a welcome addition to the stable ranks

A potential superstar at three when trained by the Purdon/Rasmussen partnership, Alta Orlando went amiss after the Sires Stakes of 2014 in which he ran third behind star pacer Have Faith In Me.

John describes his injury in 2014, as "a chip off his sesamoid, which could not be removed."

He was on the sideline for a long time, before he was offered to John around a year ago.

"He has had a long slow build up over the last six months and seems to be really good."

"We will get a better line on him today at the workouts."

"The plan at this stage is to go into cup day with him fresh up. While its a bit of a risk, we thinks its the best couse for him at the moment.. He is a class horse and deserves his chance to come back."

American Tart back on track

A class filly last season at three, American Tart's great season finished on a real low. When contesting the Futurity final at Northern Southland in March she suffered a fibrillation. After her subsequent and last start for the season at Addington three weeks later, another problem was detected and was diagnosed as a fractured hind pastern. After initially being boxed to allow time for the fracture to heal, American Tart has been another to have a long slow build up towards her resumption. John is delighted with her progress.

"She looks super and is working really well too. Like Alta Orlando, she is likely to go into her cup day target in a fresh start."

"Providing she stays clear of problems, I am expecting a big season from her."

Posted: Tue 18 Oct 2016