Its a big welcome back to American Tart
Away from the track for nearly seven months, top race-mare American Tart showed that she has lost none of her speed in a convincing win over favourite Bonnie Joan last evening. It was a top drive from John to position her in the one-one throughout and then her high speed was too much over the last 100m, even for her classy opponent.
The winner of six of her 13 race starts before last evening, American Tart has always possessed a huge amount of natural ability, but has been plagued by injury at various stages of her career. This time in, things have gone a lot more smoothly and the American Ideal five year old had been readied but last night's resumption with a workout placing and a smart trial win at Rangiora last week.
Under the preferential draw conditions of last night's race, the better credentialled mares were drawn out wide, but the draws were negated early as Bonnie Joan assumed an early lead and American Tart was able to slot into a nice one-one sit. With Dexter Dunn allowing Bonnie Joan to roll freely on top, the quarters were run at a consistently high tempo as that mare was attended to her outside by Gupta's Cullen. As those two runners went head-head turning for home, John peeled with American Tart and she loomed large with her run. After striding up to Bonnie Joan at the 100m, she eased past by half a length in the closing stages in an impressive performance.
Last night's win was American Tart's seventh from just the 14 starts and takes her stakes won to over $54,000. Providing she can stay sound this season, she looks a big chance when it comes to the big many mares races.
The consistent Lovetodream added another placing to her impressive formline in running third. She was late to clear a three back pocket and ran home strongly as she does once clear. Bettor Chance also ran home with real purpose from well back.
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Sat 04 Nov 2017