Westview chasing Kindergarten glory

The Westview Super Seventeen syndicate is a totally new iniative this season for Nigel Armstrong. The "Super" Seventeen is so named because this syndicate bought three lots purchased at last year's sales, all well bred and with the goal of racing as two year olds. Tuapeka Trick is one of these and this afternoon at Wyndham will chase group race success for his big band of owners.

A really good 4th on debut last week at Addington, Tuapeka Trick and stablemate The Brooklyn Brawler give the Diamond Racing stables a big hand in this afternoon's feature race. In his debut race, Tuapeka Trick had no luck in the running being obliged to race in the breeze throughout. He fought well though and his 4th placing was a very good effort. It was certainly a good enough run to convince John to head south with the son of Bettor's Delight.

In today's race, Tuapeka Trick has drawn out a bit in barrier five, in the seven horse race. His stablemate The Brooklyn Brawler has been much better served in terms of the barrier draw, drawing barrier three.

The Brooklyn Brawler is definitely the most experienced horse in today's race and looks sure to start one of the favourites. He is already a race winner, up in Auckland in December and was brave in defeat in his last start, the Sapling Stakes at Ashburton. On that occasion he had to work forward from a wide draw before securing the lead and it was only late in the piece that he succumbed to the trailling horse Cole Porter that had trailled thoughout. He is sure to do a great job again for his owners Alan and Ian Neumann and looks the horse to beat.

The biggest threat to the stablemates today will come from the Purdon/Rasmussen pair of Major Lucky and The Devils Own. Both have trialled up well and will be ready to go.

A bit later this afternoon, the Neumanns will be represented by Franco Cristiano in the Wyndham Cup. Unlucky first up at Addington a fortnight ago, Franco Cristiano was still travelling well when checked out of the race late in the piece. Today's race is just his second from the stand, but John would not have made the trip south if he didn't think that the horse could cop the stand.

From a 20m handicap today, Franco Cristiano must be a great chance if he is able to step. He has speed and a big motor and should suit the big Wyndham track. If he can get forward of the two backmarkers Costa Del Magnifico and Titan Banner early on then he is a definite winning hope.

Costa Del Magnifico and Titan Banner are the two class acts of the field. Both horses have won 12 races and have proven themselves in the best company at times, especially Titan Banner that was good enough to run third in Lazarus' New Zealand Cup back in November.  

Posted: Sat 04 Mar 2017

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