Robbie Burns looking to make Addington debut a winning one

Robbie Burns looking to make Addington debut a winning one

While he is a 43 start veteran and started his career on a winning note in the south over three years ago, remarkably tonight's race at Addington will be the first on the track for the well performed Robbie Burns. A nine race winner and with over $100,000 in stake-earnings, Robbie Burns trialled well at Rangiora last week in preparation for tonight's race and gives the stable a strong hand in the race with Bite The Bullet also a realistic chance.

Robbie Burns that steps out in Race Two, last raced just on a month ago at Alexandra Park, before heading south to the Woodend Beach base. He has settled in well and last week's trial placing certainly suggested that he has trained on well. On that occasion, he stepped well from his frontline barrier, before leading throughout over the 2600m. Attended on that occasion by eventual winner Heaven Rocks from the 400m, he fought on well in the run to the line to be beaten just over a length. Tonight's race is a 2600m mobile event and with just the eight runners, driver John Dunn has plenty of options as to when to put the Live Or Die gelding in the race.

Toughest to beat this evening may well be the stablemate Bite The Bullet, to again be driven tonight by Gavin Smith. Last week over the 2600m stand he stepped well and enjoyed a nice trip throughout, racing in the one-one for the last lap. When produced for his run in the straight, he finished strongly to be beaten three quarters of a length by Whittaker, which had started off the frontline. He too has drawn wide this evening, but will also get his chance in the smallish field.

Tuapeka Trick contests the first Addington Sires Stakes heat, Race Six this evening. His cause has been helped by the late scratching of the favoured Chase Auckland, but he will still need to work from a widish barrier.

Billy Badger and Alta Orlando both performed well in the Whittaker race last week and start again over the 2600m stand tonight in Race Eight. Alta Orlando starts off the backmark of 30m, but stepped like a toff last week. A repeat of these good manners will again see him a big chance, particularly if he can race a bit more generously through the middle stages. John did feel that he was travelling like a winner on the turn last week.

"He actually knocked off on me. I thought that he was going to bolt in at the 200m."

Billy Badger was a fast finishing third last week after clearing a pocket late in the race for tonight's driver Blair Orange. He did very well to be beaten just over a length after giving the leaders nearly five lengths turning for home. He is a super consistent horse.

Mickey Gee will be the toughest to beat, with James Dean and Alpha Rock both good chances also.

John also has the drive tonight on Harriet Of Mot in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup. She was a convincing winner two starts ago, but blew the start last time when well supported in the Ordeal Trotting Cup. Ability wise she is as good as any in tonight's Group Three contest, the manners will be the key again.

Posted: Fri 06 Oct 2017