Bullet back in business with Addington win
Away from the racetrack for 14 months, Bite The Bullet was back in form at yesterday's Addington meet, storming home over the last 300m, to win by a neck in his comeback race.
Always rated by the stable during his three year old season, his campaign was cut short as he had surgery for a wind affliction. That was believed to have done the trick and he was ready to resume six months ago before again going in the wind.
Following a second operation and more time on the sideline, Bite The Bullet showed that he was ready to resume after a trial placing and a workout win in the last couple weeks.
Confidently backed in on the tote, Bite The Bullet raced in the rearward division until the 800m when he was sent forward on the three wide train. However, he was forced very wide turning for home, giving the leaders several lengths. He came with a paralysing burst to reel in the leaders, eventually getting home a narrow, but convincing winner by a neck at the line.
"That was a great training effort," reflected Vinnie Neumann, son of part owner Alan Neumann.
With plenty of racing in the Canterbury area in the next few weeks, Bite The Bullet should be easily placed to good effect.
John's second winner for the day came with the South Canterbury owned and trained trotter Red Hot Poker. Since linking with this trotter a few months ago, Red Hot Poker has done a great job winning three and adding a further three placings. With plenty of breeding on his side - The Pres - Jasmyne - Red Hot Poker ticks a lot of boxes, moving forward in his career.
Meanwhile John's brother Dexter looks set to create two further records over the next fortnight. He is now just 11 wins shy of a new season total of 221 and will also bring up 2000 wins at the same time.
Posted: Mon 26 Jun 2017