Armstrong spinning a new trick with two year old ownership

Armstrong spinning a new trick with two year old ownership

He's best known as the manager of the very successful Westview syndications, but for Nigel Armstrong, the Westview Super Seventeen syndicate is heading down a totally new road. If the qualifying trial win of Tuapeka Trick at Rangiora today is any indication, those involved in the Super Seventeen are in for one hell of a lot of fun.

Tuapeka Trick was one of two qualifying two year olds out of Diamond Racing stables today. He had been readied for today's run with two workout seconds over the past two weeks, both behind stablemate Henry Hubert, a star qualifier himself today.

A half brother to the well performed Galactic Star (13 NZ starts for 4 wins, 7 placings, 25 starts Australia for 12 wins and 8 placings), Tuapeka Trick led in today's qualifying trial over the 2000m and never looked to give any others a chance, running the trip in 2.31.5, running home the last 800m in 57.1 and the last 400m in 27.6. He was a convincing four lengths clear at the line in the hands of John Dunn.

John was delighted with the qualifying effort of Tuapeka Trick and is considering a trip to Wyndham for the Kindergarten stakes at the end of the month.

Henry Hubert has looked another smart two year old at workouts over the past two weeks and was well primed for today's qualifier. In the hands of Dexter Dunn, Henry Hubert receieved an economical run three back on the markers throughout, but proved too strong in the run home, winning in a very quick 2.29.8, over six seconds under the qualifying standard.

A colt by Bettor's Delight, his dam Queen Camille is a half sister to the former outstanding racehorse Elios, that was also raced out of the stable. Owned by the Gordons, Henry Hubert looks a natural two year old and it is no surprise that John is also considering the Kindergarten stakes for him, a race that The Brooklyn Brawler is also likely to be there for.

Posted: Wednesday 8 February 2017