Hayden's Meddle looking to start a big day for stable in style
Runner up at his last three starts, Hayden's Meddle looks set to deliver in the first race at Nelson this afternoon. He is one of a host of chances from the stable this afternoon and if he is able to overcome a wide draw, he should be recording win two of his ten start career.
At his last start at Ashburton on Boxing Day, Hayden's Meddle looked home for the money, only to be denied late in the piece by Bailey's Knight, which has gone on to win another race since then. In all three starts of this campaign Hayden's Meddle has had to do work from either wide, or second line draws. The same will apply this afternoon, but he does appear to have a bit of a class edge here. The toughest to beat will be the well bred Mac Toddy, from the in form Barron stable.
Mr Preston contests a trot for the maidens in Race Two. He is first up for awhile here, but has a recent trial placing heading into this. John feels that he should get a win this time in, but whatever he does today, he will be all the better for. He is certainly a place hope if he trots all the way.
Kotare Mist has done well in her short career and will look to use her good manners to best effect in Race Three. She has been seen hitting the line well in both starts and if she can step well here, John should have options as to whether he should lead or hand up to the right one. She is a very progressive filly and is a great eachway hope here.
Out Of Aces and Johnny White are maidens on debut in Race Four. John feels that both horses will be improved by today's run. However, in a field bereft of any standout chance, both must be at least place hopes. John felt that at this stage of their preparations, that Johnny White would have an edge as he is the more forward.
Returntorocknroll did a good job on the West Coast circuit and will look to use her good manners to best effect in Race Five. She seems a lot more solid this time in and while place chances are best for her, any mistakes from the more favoured ones, she is sure to take advantage.
Dream To Reality goes around in Race Six.. He was a dominant winner on day one at Westport and then blew to bits on the second day when well supported. He is drawn very well here and if in the type of form he showed on the first day at Westport is a definite eachway hope
John has been pleased with the progress of Foreverman that resumes in Race Seven. He expects him to trot well and be a good chance. He is another though that can be expected to improve with today's run and should be followed throughout the circuit.
Graduate Under Fire and Miss Daisy contest Race Eight, the cup prelude. Graduate Under Fire will need to overcome a 10m handicap so is probably a place chance only this time. John is very happy with Miss Daisy and believes that if she can get away on terms with them today, that she is a winning hope.
Living Legend in Race Nine meets a field that he should be very competitive in. He has produced two very unlucky runs at his last two starts and is a nice eachway hope here.
The final runner for the day is three year old Billy Badger in Race Eleven. He produced a good trial win last week and does look too good for his rivals here.
Posted: Fri 13 Jan 2017