Stable eyes success in Listed Pace
In Bite The Bullet and Robbie Burns (in photo), the stable have two huge chances in this afternoon's PGG Listed Sales Aged Handicap. Both horses have been in fine form and are among the better chances in what looks to be a wide open affair.
To be run over the 2400m stand this afternoon, the PGG Aged Handicap presents the excellent stake of $50,000. Both horses will have to overcome handicaps - Bite The Bullet 10m and Robbie Burns 20m - but are generally excellent stand start exponents.
At his last start in the Ashburton Flying Stakes, Robbie Burns made a flyer to lead early, before trailling Dream About Me for the most part of the race. With the last half run in 53.7 and the quarter in 26.2, he was found wanting late in the race, finishing 7th, beaten by just over eight lengths. There is no such town hall company in today's field and as the winner of ten of his 45 race starts, he does look well placed this afternoon. He will need to step and have luck in the running at some stage, but if these two factors do pan out, he is a real winning chance, in the hands of Tim Williams.
The other stable runner in the race is Bite The Bullet. Since returning to racing at the end of June, after a long time on the sidelines, he has been an absolute model of consistency. At his last start over the 2700m stand in the Tuapeka Cup he was a strong finishing second behind Rocki Warrior in a fast run affair. He recives a 10m let-up in the handicaps today and if driver John Dunn can navigate through the early traffic, he does look a great chance also.
Other runners that are well in the market this afternoon are the Purdon/Rasmussen trained Major Hippie and the Gavin Smith trained and driven Red Moon Rising.
The stable representation for the day starts in Race Two with Foreverman. He had no luck first up in a good field at Ashburton. He starts from the 10m today and generally steps well. He should get into a good spot early on and then John will have plenty of options in what looks a very even field also. He is clearly an each-way chance here.
Tuapeka Trick will look to give Westview Super Seventeen that much sought over win in Race Three. He is well drawn and John may look to lead early, giving him options as to which one to hand up to if necessary. At his last start on the grass at Methven he led up, but after being pressured early in the race, wasn't able to find much in the run home. John also felt that he didn't handle his first run on the grass track surface very well also. He continues to impress at home and should produce a good run for connections today.
Posted: Mon 30 Oct 2017