Luck needed in Group One features
Cup Day as the name implies is all about the New Zealand Cup when it is all said and done. Tomorrow Robbie Burns will fly the flag for the stable as he looks to bely his outsider status. An already difficult task becomes even more difficult as he has to overcome his unruly draw.
Since coming south at the start of last month, Robbie Burns has produced three good runs. His second at Kaikoura last week was a top effort after having little luck in the early running.
Tomorrow's race will be all about taking shortcuts and hopefully getting that little bit of luck when needed. Robbie Burns is in career best form, but quite simply he needs to find several lengths to be competitive. This year's field has an even look to it, apart from the hot-pot Lazarus that just looks several levels ahead of his opponents. He is the modern day superstar and only bad luck will have him beaten.
The other Group One featuring stable runners is the Sires Stakes final for the three year olds. Yet again there has been mixed results for the two stable runners with Henry Hubert drawing well in barrier four and Alta Maestro widest of all in barrier eight.
A stunning winner at his last start in the Sires heat, Alta Maestro will need to be at the top of his game and more if he is to overcome a hot Sires Stakes line-up. John has his first raceday drive on the Art Major colt and will be looking for all sorts of luck early in the race. He will need to be at his mercurial best, but could be the man for the big occasion. There is no questioning the colt's speed, but it will be his staying prowess that will need to be to the fore tomorrow.
Henry Hubert was the last runner to make the Sires Stakes final, but as a maiden, faces a huge task tomorrow. He is a raw talent and ran on strongly for 5th in a very good field last time. He will be driven by Gavin Smith who was impressed by the horse last time. If the final is run at breakneck speed as it often can be, it could be survival of the fittest and he could be a rough place hope at huge odds.
While a tough challenge presents itself to all three runners in the Group Ones, we hope for some luck and wish all connections the very best.
Posted: Mon 13 Nov 2017