Sundees Son heads strong field in Trotting Stakes
While he faces his toughest test tonight at Addington, Sundees Son is a deserving favourite in this year's Trotting Stakes for the two year old trotters. He will be joined in the race by the Westview syndicated Borntobeastar that gives the Robert Dunn stable a strong second hand in the race also.
Owned by Colin Hair who has always had a handy trotter or two over the years, Sundees Son debuted at Addington in the first race for the two year olds back in February. On that occasion he went forward for his driver Ross Houghton, finding the front and not giving any others a chance. A fortnight later, he was back at Addington and faced a harder field, but after doing work in the running was way too good for his opposition again.
Sundees Son was given a let-up following those races, with stable mindful that his big target the Harness Jewels is still some time away. However, he is back tonight and while he must overcome a wide draw, he does look very hard to beat.
Borntobeastar was very good on debut at Methven and then had little go right last week at Rangiora. After getting back in the field, she cast a shoe down the backstraight and then broke in the last 200m as John couldn't get her to balance up. She is a well regarded filly with a very bright future. The real problem for her tonight is the draw, having come up with a spot on the outside of the front-line. However, if she gets that little bit of luck that you often need in these big races, she shouln't be far away.
The main challenges to the two stable hopes in the race are likely to be Castlereagh, Aoraki and One Muscle Hill. Castlereagh and Aoraki have been very impressive winners at their most recent starts and both look to have a very nice turn of foot. One Muscle Hill, while driven by Mark Purdon is over from Victoria from the Nicole Molander stable. After breaking last week at Rangiora, he put in huge effort to finish a close up third. He looks a colt with a big motor.
Posted: Sat 15 Apr 2017