Draws make things difficult for Sires Stakes pair
While the stable have been pleased with the progress of both runners ahead of tonight's Sires Stakes heat, the draws have certainly made things more difficult than perhaps they already were. Alta Maestro will need to overcome a wide draw, while The Brooklyn Brawler will be looking for luck from the inside of the second line.
Sent out a warm favourite at his last start up at Cambridge, Alta Maestro was below his usual high standards, with a virus later found to be the major cause. He was sent south last week and has settled in well at the beach, his training suggesting that he is back somewhere near his best.
The big issue for tonight's driver Dexter Dunn, will be what to do from the draw. With some of the better supported runners drawn inside him, he risks being planted wide if he goes forward, but then again, if you go back after drawing wide, you are also setting yourself a big task and are reliant on the race being run at breakneck speed. With the best in the business making those calls though, the Art Major colt is sure to be given his best chance, whatever scenario it is that pans out.
The Brooklyn Brawler has been very good in his two starts back and has matured into a really nice three year old. From the inside of the second line however, he is certainly relying on a lot of luck tonight to get into the race. With tonight's heat having a Sires Stakes final look to it, the pace is sure to be hot and the fence may be the place to be. He should certainly not be counted out as at least a place proposition in the race.
Favouritism in the race looks sure to be disputed by the Purdon/Rasmussen team, with Chase Auckland, The Devils Own and Spankem, foremost in discussions.
Early in the night, the consistent Spondulicks looks well placed in a field of R49-R54 pacers. Drawn the inside of the frontline, he should hold up early using his good gatespeed, offering driver Gavin Smith options as to who to hand up to and when. He looks a great place chance in the race, with the Nigel McGrath Sheriff the likely hot-pot in the race. He will start at prohibitive odds.
The final stable runner this evening is Bettor Rock Again in Race Eleven. A handy sixth on debut, he will need some luck from the second line, but must be a place hope in what is a very even line-up.
Posted: Fri 20 Oct 2017