Queen of Alex Park looking to build on impressive record
In the modern age, to win 15 races on one of New Zealand's premier harness tracks is somewhat of a rarity. However, tomorrow evening at Alexandra Park, Yagunnakissmeornot will be aiming for just that milestone as she looks to continue an impressive run of form in recent weeks. All of her 14 wins to date have come from her 37 starts at Alexandra Park, with a further 10 placings to boot.
A five year old Love You mare, out of a handy trotting mare in Dutch Annie - 13 starts, 4 wins - Yagunnakissmeornot was trained for most of her career by Sean McCaffrey, under whose watch she did a superb job with 12 wins. However, once McCaffrey made the decision to relocate to Victoria earlier this year, the mare was transferred to Robert, out of the Pukekohe stable.
At the time of thje stable change, the mare had been in somehat of a form slump by her own high standards. However, taking into account some of the opposition that she was racing against, it was odds on that eventually her winning turn would come. That first win for Robert came at Alexandra Park just on a month ago over the 1700m journey. Her time was a smart 2.04.5 for the 1700m and signalled that she was back in form. Beaten a nose at her next start from a 2700m stand, she was well supported as favourite at her most recent start in which she brutalized a nice field of trotters by six lengths, after again starting from the backmark. In that race she stepped well from her handicap, raced midfield throughout, before launching with her bid from the 400m. To say that she was convincing in victory was an understatement.
Tomorrow night, again at her favoured venue of Alexandra Park, Yagunnakissmeornot meets a small, but handy field over the 1700m, behind the mobile gate. Based on her recent efforts, she looks a shoe in. It is little surprsie then that she has opened at 1.90 on the early fixed odds market.
Robert has two other runners engaged on the night, with Robbie Burns the first of these in Race Four. A convincing winner two starts back, he simply used up too much petrol early on at his last start over the 1700m, leading for much of the race, before compounding late to finish 4th. Since these races, he has had a short breather and will relish being in a fresh state tomorrow night, a condition that he always seems to race well in. He will be one of the better supported runners and on his best form is a definite each-way hope in this race.
Cmeerock makes her Alexandra Park debut in Race Six. She was really good last time after relishing a drop back in grade. This looks a field that she can do very well in and gives the stable another live each-way hope on the night.
Posted: Thu 13 Jul 2017