Tuapeka Trick looks to do the business for Westview

Tuapeka Trick looks to do the business for Westview

He is the pride and joy of the Westview Super Seventeen syndicate and today at Oamaru, Tuapeka Trick kicks off his three year old campaign. On the back of a good trial win at Rangiora last week, there is a lot of confidence that his reappearance will be a winning one.

Lightly raced as a two year old, the highlight in three starts was a third placing in the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes behind stablemate The Brooklyn Brawler. The feeling always though, was that whatever he had done as a two year old, he would be a lot better horse at three. Based on what he has done at trials and workouts this time in, there is no reason to change this opinion.

In what is a full field of maidens and over the 2000m mobile today, Tuapeka Trick will need to overcome an awkward second line draw. However, the motor is certainly there and with a number of his syndicate of owners in attendance today, Tuapeka Trick can take the expected step forward as he eyes bigger spring targets.

Safely through today's race, the short term goal at this stage remains the first Sires Stakes Heat at Addington in a couple of weeks. 

The other highlight from a stable point of view today will be the resumption of Alta Orlando in the Hannon Memorial. In a field that is now down to seven runners after scratchings, there do appear a number of chances. Things are made more difficult for Alta Orlando today having to start from the unruly over the 2600m stand, but John has been happy with his progress this time in.

"He has had a couple of runs at trials and workouts and seems really good."

"There are none of the real superstars there so its probably a good race for him to kick off in."

The in-form Titan Banner looks sure to start a dominant favourite, especially after a strong second behind Have Faith In Me in last week's New Brighton Cup.

The two other stable runners today are Out Of Aces and Missinmemate. Bronson Munro drives Out Of Aces in the R55 event for the junior drivers. Out Of Aces was a good 4th last time at Rangiora, but starts from the second line today over the 2600m stand, negating some of his stand start prowess. However, in what is a very open field, he can still be a place hope, especially if he is able to get a soft trip on the markers.

The run of Missinmemate may have appeared disappointing at first glance last time, but John was happy enough.

"He can be a difficult bugger and I actually thought that he was alright last time."

"If you can catch him on the right day, he will be hard to beat, especially in a small field and from a good draw."

Missinmemate already has proven form on the track with two placings from the three tries.

Posted: Sun 24 Sep 2017