Sundees Son looking to build on good trial form
A young trotter that gave us a glimpse of his huge talent as a two year old, John has been pleased with the trial preparation of Sundees Son as he heads into his season debut tomorrow. He starts from the unruly in a trot for the R52-R60 trotters and looks set to start a warm favourite.
Huge in the talent department last season, Sundees Son looks to have lost none of his motor as a three year old, but it is the improved manners that have pleased the most in a series of workouts and trials. In the most recent of these last Wednesday night at Addington, he was slowly but safely away. He was well back until the 800m, at which point John allowed the gelded son of Majestic Son to slide forward. He loomed up to pacemaker Kai Time on the turn, quickly took control and ran to the line strongly to win by two and a quarter lengths.
"We've keep him away from the mobiles for now and it seems to have worked the oracle at the moment," said John.
The key tomorrow will be keeping him settled before the start and John will then be left to navigate a path through the big field early on. It is never easy off the unruly, but this is a horse with a seriously big motor and if he gets things right in the head department, he is a big winning hope.
Another trotter that has gone two good races since resuming is Foreverman. He steps out in Race One over the 3200m. A horse that usually steps well, he is one of a host of chances. If he gets a soft run on the markers, as he may well do, Foreverman is a great place hope. His toughest opponents are likely to be B D Khaosan and Lavros Jack.
There will be plenty of supporters on track to support Tuapeka Trick in Race Two. One of the Westview Super Seventeen runners, his was a much improved run last time out at Kaikoura.
"It was bloody hard to come from the back that day," said John.
"He hit the line as good as any though, so it was a good effort."
There are a couple of key obstacles tomorrow however, including a bad draw and a trio of Purdon/Rasmussen trained runners in Major Shard, Conway Beach and Shenandoah. However, if the pace is on and he can get any sort of trip on the day, he can run into the placings.
Alta Orlando and Bite The Bullet will both start at long odds in the junior free-for-all Race Four, but both are chances, especially if the race is run at pace. Alta Orlando was on his very worst manners last time, so ignore that run. In his previous efforts he had been in a great run of placed form. If there was going to be a winner at odds for the stable, he could be the blowout for the day.
Bite The Bullet is another that has been racing honestly. He had to do a bit too much chasing last time at Kaikoura and peaked on his run at the 200m. He may get a forward position early and if he was to get a soft run, he would not be the worst hope at generous placed odds.
Bettor Chance is a definite eachway chance in Race Six for the four year old and older mares. She got home strongly in a much tougher field last time out. She got home with real purpose and should notice a big drop in company. She is up to any ability wise. Calendar Girls may be the toughest to beat.
Outside of the Group One races, the final runner for the day is The Brooklyn Brawler in Race 12. He narrowly missed a start in the Sires Stakes final and is right up to any in this. The second line draw is tough to overcome, but if he gets the breaks at the right time, he is a definite eachway hope at nice odds.
Posted: Mon 13 Nov 2017