Kotare Yael looms as good chance in cup
An encouraging third in last Monday's Amberley Cup after leading until late, Kotare Yael looms as a really good chance in today's Waikouaiti Cup over the 2600m. He starts off a 10m handicap today, but can really fly the tapes and no doubt John will be looking to occupy a forward role early in the race, a position that he tends to race best from.
While Kotare Yael had been missing the consistent form that he had showed through his spring campaign, he had faced a combination of better fields and bad draws, that made his form look a lot worse than what it was. A confident Gavin Smith drive in Monday's cup however, saw the horse find the top and dictate terms. He always looked to be travelling well and at the 400m, he found a couple of lengths on the field and looked a big winning hope. It was only a massive run by the more tightly assessed Seel The Deal and the in form Ears Burning that saw him claimed over the last 100m, but still holding third at massive place odds.
Today's cup field is an even looking lot, with front markers, Glenferrie Classic, Boomer Bailey and Clasina Maria all sure to take beating. All three are proven on the grass and will look to take advantage of their handicaps early on. This will make it very tough for the class act Costa Del Magnifico to get into the race from his 45m handicap, but as Seel The Deal proved last week, class horses can overcome these handicaps. It is sure to be a great race.
There are three other stable runners in on the programme today. Living Legend goes around in race one as a $5000 claimer. He went a good race at Ashburton last Saturday, but didn't really get into the race two days later at Amberley on the back up. On his best form today he would rate at least a place hope, but he has a wide second line draw to overcome.
Goldiloch meets a limited form field, in Race Three, but also draws the outside of the second line. He will be driven for a bit of luck from there and most horses get their chance down the big Waikouaiti straight. He must be a place hope at least also.
The final runner for the day is Returntorocknroll in the last. She tends to go well on the grass, usually pings the tapes well and is a place hope also in what is another even lot.
Posted: Sun 12 Feb 2017