Inter-island hat-trick a good result for a Friday
While the winners have been a bit hard to come by of late, a hat-trick of wins achieved yesterday - Nelson two, Auckland one - will hopefully be the turnaround in fortunes that we have been looking for.
It was Hayden's Meddle (in picture) at Nelson that kicked things off on the right note with a gritty performance to win after coming off the front row. He has had little luck in a lot of his racing this time in, with some poor draws and tough fields being the key issues.
In yesterday's race, he managed to get an ok passage through early on before being sent on an inquiring run early in the race. He managed to find the front with a lap to go and while being strongly attended to his outside by Terrier for much of the race, he was able to hold on to record his third win at his 22nd race start.
Hayden's Meddle backs up again tomorrow and must be accorded a strong chance again, even from another poor draw.
Billy Badger is another that was appreciating a big dropback in company in the last race of the day. Obliged to go back from his wide draw, Billy Badger was sent forward by John inside the last lap and was up and outside the pacemaker Hypervelocity at the 800m. Able to get on terms with the leader turning for home, he was held together as first stablemate Dream To Reality, and then favourite Ace High made their runs. John was only foxing though and asked the Art Major colt for his best effort inside the last 100m and he went on to record a stylish win by one and a half lengths in a smart 3.00.00 for the 2400m trip.
Yesterday's win was Billy Badger's 5th from 28 starts and takes his stakes won to over $63,000.
The final winner for the day was up at Alexandra Park last night as Yagunnakissmeornot recorded her first win since joining the Robert Dunn stable and the 13th of her 42 start career. Driven by Maurice McKendry, Yagunnakissmeornot got well back in the early running before easing into the one-one sit with a lap to go. After going for an inside run and initially being held up turning for home, Yagunnkissmeornot only saw clear room inside the last 100m, flying home to pick up the pacemakers before going on to a convincing win by one and a quarter lengths in 2.04.5 for the 1700m. She takes her stake-earnings to over $139,000 after this win.
Racing action continues tomorrow with the second day at Nelson, where stable reps are Spondulicks, Onedin Express, Bevan's Cullen, Billy Badger and Dream To Reality.
Posted: Sat 10 Jun 2017