The captain to take on big guns again in Summer Cup

The captain to take on big guns again in Summer Cup

He's not very big in stature, but after a succession of top runs this season and last season, no-one is doubting the ticker of Captain Dolmio which looks for Group Three glory in tomorrow night's Summer Cup at Addington.

At his last start in the Group Three Invercargill Cup, Captain Dolmio did all of the hard work, leading throughout and then showing real fight in the run home to go down by half a length to Classie Brigade, a rival again tomorrow evening. Captain Dolmio set up a race and track record for the 3200m of 3.53.5. and showed what a hard horse he is to get past after leading.

Drawn well in three tomorrow night, Captain Dolmio again looks the obvious leader in the race. If he is able to find the lead again, he must take a power of beating as he has a knack of grinding fields into the ground, with his never say die attitude. He has pleased John with his progress since Invercargill and he is again looking forward to taking on the better class pacers.

Classie Brigade is likely to start favourite in the race and must be the hardest to beat. He has produced a succession of top victories with wins in the Ashbuton, Central Otago and Invercargill Cups. He has drawn out a little in barrier six, but can do work and is always a threat. Christen Me had little go right at Invercargill, but appears to have freshened up nicely and produced a nice workout at Rangiora last week. Locharburn is the other class horse in the race and a winning workout last week for him suggests that he won't be far away either.

Alta Orlando is the other stable runner in the race, with Ross Houghton to drive. He was in a foul mood last week and fought driver John Dunn throughout. It was a miracle that he finished as close as he did considering the run and if he behaved tomorrow night, he would have to be a place hope at least, on ability alone. John said he is hoping a change of bit will alleviate some of the issues this week.

John has a number of other runners in on the night, representing the Woodend arm of the stable.

Sacred Angel starts in Race One. John felt that this was pretty rich company for her and he would be happy with a top four placing.

Hayden's Meddle in Race Two, did a good job on the Nelson/Marlborough circuit and John felt that he has progressed well since then. He meets a handy lot here, but must rate at least a place hope at nice odds.

Kotare Mist is in Race Four and hasn't really fired up the last two. She does have good stand start manners and can put herself in the race. She would be a rough place hope.

Gotta Go Ya Hu locks horns with Tiger Thompson in what looks to be a two horse race in Race Six. Gotta Go Ya Hu did well also on the Nelson/Marlborough trip and has trained on well since. John has a huge respect though in terms of the Brad Mowbray trained Tiger Thompson, but hoped if luck went his way could cause a small upset in the race.

The Honey Badger takes on one of the strongest C2 fields seen at Addington for some time in Race Eight. He was very good in winning at Rangiora, but steps up in grade and tackles the stand for the first time. John wasn't really concerned about either of those factors, but thought he was probably more of a place hope this time as he looks to take a step forward towards a possible derby tilt.

Letspendanitetogetha and Franco Cristiano are both very good racehorses, but also take on hot company in Race Nine over the 1950m. John found it hard to separate the two horses, but felt that from the draw, Letspendanitetogetha may have a small edge. There is no denying the class of Franco Cristiano though and if they went hard up front, he could come over the top of them.

Foreverman in Race 11 almost got up last week at very good odds. John was really pleased with the run and thought that with just a wee bit of luck on the night that it could have been a winning one. He takes on a couple of nice three year olds tomorrow night, but with any luck, is at least a place chance again here.

The final runner on the night is Johnny White in the last. He had no hope last week after having to negotiate wide. John said in hindsight that he should have gone the markers. This field has no real standout so on his best form, he wouldn't be far away.

Posted: Thu 16 Feb 2017