Luck needed for stable runners on jewels day.
The draw gods were not handing out any favours last Friday as the draws for this year's Harness Jewels were confirmed. While the two year olds Sundees Son and Alta Maestro are the best stable chances, both will need luck from their respective draws to feature.
Sundees Son has turned into the heartbreak horse of the stable in recent starts. A dominant winner in his first two race starts, his performances since have been puctuated by bad manners and what ifs. At his last start at Addington, he trotted over the first 500m, before going into a break approaching the 1400m, ending his chances. Put simply, Sundees Son has the ability of any horse in this race, but is big risk based on his past starts. For him, the handy draw of two, may not be the draw that others would be happy with.
One thing that is certain is that Robert and son John will have exhausted all of their vast knowledge in getting the Majestic Son gelding ready for his big target. It will be fingers, toes and arms crossed for the both of them and for owner Colin Hair.
Well drawn in his previous two starts, where he finished 2nd and 4th respectively, Alta Maestro has copped the outside of the frontline as his draw for the two year old Emerald. For driver Dexter Dunn however, he has only the one option and that is to go forward.
"There's no point going back," said Dexter.
"That is basically giving up your chances from the outset."
"He is a New Zealand record holder over the 1700m so has proved already that he can run time."
Last week's Sires Stakes winner Spankem is set to start one of the shortest priced favourites of the day in that race after drawing barrier two.
The other two jewels runners from the stable are Cmeerock and Crackamoa. They start in their divisions of the four year olds and will start at long odds. Crackamoa in particular has been running great races and would have an outside place hope if everything panned out for him.
Posted: Fri 02 Jun 2017