Stable double takes premiership lead to four
After a couple of wins today - Gotta Go Ya Hu (in photo) and Crackamoa, the premiership lead is out to four, while John is up to 51 driving wins for the season after reining home Crackamoa to win the last in what was nothing short of a 10/10 drive.
Gotta Go Ya Hu disappointed at Methven last weekend on the wet grass track, but back to the all weather track this afternoon and piloted by Dexter, he did a good job landing win four of his 11 start career, after being very lucky not to be wiped out on the hometurn by the breaking Cable Beach.
Only narrowing avoiding the meelee caused by that runner as it broke and ran out on the home turn, Gotta Go Ya Hu balanced up and fought bravely over the last 100m, to beat Superfecta, with the others five lengths away after the interference. Owned by Clive and Rona Mckay, Gotta Go Ya Hu has looked a lot stronger horse this time in and without the interference comimg into play he looked the race winner a long way out. He and stablemate The Honey Badger are both progressing well towards next month's New Zealand Derby at Addington.
A race later and Crackamoa was expected to perform well after a strong second the previous start. After beginning well, he then ended up three back the markers. Going down the back the last time, John knew that he had a lot of petrol still in the tank and had to get out. At the 500m, he had worked one off, before pushing out four wide with cover turning for home. Once into the clear, he powered home over the top of them all, winning by an ever increasing one and a quarter lengths.
Crackamoa was sent north by his owners last month and has steadily improved since joining the Woodend Beach stable. He has improved each start and it was a narrow defeat last time in the juniors that suggested a big winning chance today. Still owned by his former trainer Brad Morris and The Templeton Family Trust, he looks a genuine horse and is one that should also be placed to good effect through the autumn.
Other runs of note today:
Letspendanitetogetha was a great second in the Cheviot Cup after trailling favourite and eventual winner Motu Premier throughout. Alta Orlando was a big run for 5th after missing away early.
Posted: Sun 05 Mar 2017