Three year olds on track for spring campaign
John is both excited and optimistic about the three year olds in the stable as they head towards their spring campaigns. Alta Maestro remains with Robert in the north, while John has Tuapeka Trick, Henry Hubert and The Brooklyn Brawler on track from his Woodend base.
John says that the southern three year olds are all at about the same stage in their build up.
"They've all come up really well and will be at workout stage in early September."
All three raced last season as two year olds, with The Brooklyn Brawler (in picture) a winner of the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes, a race that the Westview owned Tuapeka Trick placed third in.
A place in the Sires Stakes final on cup day is a target for all three.
"There's the Forbury heat at the start of October and a couple of Addington heats, so they will all get their chance."
Robert is also happy with the progress of Alta Maestro from his Pukekohe base.
"Yes he's coming along good. He's about two weeks from the workout stage."
He will aim to qualify for a Sires Stakes start via the northern Sires heats at Cambridge and Alexandra Park.
In terms of the faster class horses, Robert has nominated five from the stable for this year's New Zealand Cup - Captain Dolmio, Franco Cristiano, Cullect A Guinness Robbie Burns and Alta Orlando.
"Captain Dolmio has come back really well. He has really strengthend up over his break," said John.
"He has had the one trial to date and went well, running home in some fast sectionals. He will aim for the Vase on 1 September as his first spring target."
Cullect A Guinness is on the comeback trail after missing virtually all of last season with a suspensory injury.
"He's a bit behind Captain Dolmio, but is coming along well at this stage. He is likely to have his first start back later next month."
Franco Cristiano is another that has a cup nomination.
"The numbers weren't big in terms of cup noms so we've chucked him in there. If they drop away like they usually do, then there is every chance he could get a cup start."
John has never concealed the respect that he has for Franco Cristiano and has high hopes for the now five year old for the 2017-2018 season.
The final cup nominees are Robbie Burns and Alta Orlando. Robbie Burns has been racing away solidly in the north without a lot of luck at times, particularly off long handicaps. He will continue his build up towards the cup with a run over 1700m at Alexandra Park this Friday. Alta Orlando showed some good form last season and John hopes for further progress from him this season.
Another runner that John is really looking forward to racing through the spring is American Tart. The now five year old mare had her autumn campaign halted after a hairline fracture above her hock. She is now back on track and all going to plan will target the big mares race at Addington on Show Day.
A further intermediate class runner that John expects to feature through the spring is Letspendanitetogetha. He is on track for his resumption as is the talented three year old trotter Sundees Son. An enormous talent, his late season form was marred by galloping in his races. He has a huge motor and John will be hoping for better manners from him this season.
Posted: Mon 21 Aug 2017