Faster class pacers produce good runs
On Friday night at Addington, it was the turn of the faster class pacers to shine. Robbie Burns (in picture) and Bite The Bullet quinellaed their go over the 2600m, while Alta Orlando put in a huge run for third after starting from 30m behind in a 2600m stand.
The well performed Robbie Burns is now a six year old and had 43 starts under the belt before Friday. However, none of these starts had been at Addington. This only made sweeter his convincing win over stablemate Bite The Bullet, which took his stake-earnings to over $116,000.
Drawn the two widest marbles, Bite The Bullet and Robbie Burns bloth blasted the gate early on to cross all of those drawn inside them. They were the first two with two laps to go and were in the same positions at the end. John was suitably pleased with the winning run.
"He went great, they both did."
"I always intended to go forward with him, but didn't expect to get the lead as easily as what we did."
"I always thought that he was travelling like the winner and when you run home off the front in 26 seconds, there is nothing going to be coming off your back."
Bite The Bullet and Gav Smith also put in a top run, after enjoying the trail throughout. He was one and a quarter lengths behind his stablemate at the end and continues to race consistently in this class.
Later in the evening Alta Orlando and Billy Badger started in a similar class of field, but over the 2600m stand. Just as they had done last week, both horses stepped well, with Alta Orlando obliged to race parked outside the freewheeling James Dean and Billy Badger in the one-one on his back.
Heading off the back the last time, it was Alta Orlando that looked the only threat to James Dean. However, after peaking on his effort at the 150m, he was relegated one further spot, with Michelango - three back on rails - finishing strongly to grab second place. Alta Orlando's place time off the 30m handicap of 3.12.8, was in fact 0.4 seconds faster than that of the winner. Even better, he appeared to race a lot more generously for John through the race this week. Billy Badger faded to 6th after being under pressure from the 400m.
While both Robbie Burns and Alta Orlando still remain in the the NZ Cup, John has yet to commit to a start for either, saying that Robbie Burns would be the more likely of the two at this point.
John was also happy enough with the run of Tuapeka Trick in the first of the Addington Sires Stakes heats.
From a wide draw, John went back early in proceedings to settle last. In what appeared a stop start pace throughout, he was still back near last turning for home. After taking inside runs, he finished up in 6th place, nearly nine lengths behind the impressive winner in Pat's Delight. He will get his chance again in further heats, but will be looking for much better luck with the draw to feature.
Posted: Mon 09 Oct 2017