The Brooklyn Brawler looking for Group success in Sapling Stakes

The New Zealand Sapling Stakes at Group Three level is a time honoured event. This afternoon The Brooklyn Brawler, the only race winner in today's race will look to do his Mid Canterbury owners Alan and Ian Neumann proud as he takes on a field including six others in the first of the South Island two year old features.

Purchased this time last year, out of the Premier Yearling Sales in Christchurch, The Brooklyn Brawler was a winner at Auckland back in December, in just his second race start. On that occasion, he led and showed a lot of fight as his name might suggest, to win narrowly, but comfortably. He had one more start at Alexandra Park in the middle of December, where he was undone by the draw, in a race won by stablemate Alta Maestro.

A workout win at Pukekohe last Saturday was enough to convince trainer Robert Dunn, that he should get on the plane and travel south for today's feature.

In terms of assessing today's opposition that is no easy task, with only John The Plumber having any exposed race form. The field includes the well bred Cullenburn, the full brother to cup class pacer Locharburn. On exposed trial form though, it could be the Geoff Dunn trained Cole Porter and the Stephen Boyd trained Frankie Jones that are the toughest to beat. One thing that is certain is that the Sapling Stakes is generally a good guage moving forward of two year old talent to watch out for over the next few months.

There are six other runners at today's meeting starting with Kotare Mist in Race Three. She won well on the first day at Nelson, but had no luck on day two in a very strong field. She looks an eachway hope today in an even line-up.

Living Legend in Race Four was an emphatic winner at odds on the second day at Blenheim and had no luck at Motukarara last time. He is off the front today, can step and control the race and must be a great eachway hope for Westview.

Out Of Aces is well enough drawn in Race Five and has shown some signs of improvement in his four race starts. He would be a rough place hope in this field.

The former southerner Crackamoa contests the race for the juniors, Race Seven and with Craig Smith to drive and is a big hope. He has drawn wide, but was a good winner at the workouts last week and is a great eachway hope here.

Foreverman In Race Ten, did not have the best of luck at Blenheim. However, on his runs at Nelson the week before, he would have to be accorded at least a place chance in this.

The final stable runner for the day is Cmeerock in the last. She is in great form, showed real grit in winning last time and should be hard to roll here, draw and all, she is a top eachway hope.

Posted: Sat 04 Feb 2017

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