Sundees Son the early dominator in two year old trot ranks
His was an impressive win at Addington a fortnight ago, but last night at Addington and from a wide draw Sundees Son totally dominated a field of two year old trotters, winning by an ever increasing four and a quarter lengths in 2.27.4 for the 1950m mobile.
Unlike his debut win where he was able to dominate from in front after coming off the gate well, last night Sundees Son was forced to make his own luck from the bad draw, been sent on a forward move at the 1200m with his run, looming up to the leaders at the 600m and then simply running away with ease over the last 200m, again in the hands of Ross Houghton.
Owned by his breeder Colin Hair, Sundees Son is a Majestic Son gelding out of Hair's former handy racemare in Stardon (3 wins from 21 starts). Stardon is from the same family as the well performed Kaimata Echo, Top Chief and the very capable Uncas, that raced out of the Robert Dunn stable before heading over the Tasman.
Just like his eqivalent in the two year old pacing ranks, Alta Maestro, Sundees Son has the perfect record of two from two to start his career and looks a trotter with immense ability. In the short term the Sires Stakes appears the most logical target, while longer term the aim is certain to be the Harness Jewels.
Sundees Son and Ross Houghton have a perfect two from two record
The win was Ross's seventh from just 62 drives this season and he looks well on target for his best ever season.
While Sundees Son was the only stable winner for the night, there were a number of good showings:
Living Legend - went a really good race for second in the six year old and older. He had a nice run three back the markers, was late getting clear and ran on strongly for second.
Johnny White - went back from the draw, came forward with his run with a lap to go, was posted three wide and peaked on his run in the straight.
Henry Hubert and Tuapeka Trick - both produced really good runs on debut for second and 4th respectively. Henry Hubert had to work hard to lead from his wide draw, enjoyed a nice trail down the back, looked the winner at the 200m, but peaked on his run placing second. Tuapeka Trick had no luck racing parked all the way, was up disputing affairs before the turn and battled well for a strong 4th.
Highview Freddy and Star Fantasy. Highview Freddy ran a great race again for second. He stepped like a toff, led from the 2000m and dictated terms, only going down narrowly in a driving finish to Cully Backy. Star Fantasy was good first up after making a solo three wide bid down the back and battled really hard for fifth.
Crackamoa was superbly driven by Craig in the race for the junior drivers. After being back on the rails early, he made a forward move with cover down the back. He was the widest of runners turning in, hit the front at the 150m, but peaked on his effort late, going down by a nose to a brave Hard Days Night.
Posted: Fri 24 Feb 2017