Three year olds finish the day in style
It took until Race Eleven for a winning effort to be registered, but the day finished strongly with trotter Sundees Son and pacer The Brooklyn Brawler registering a winning double to complete the day, both driven by Johnny.
The often brilliant, but sometimes naughty boy in Sundees Son, had showed himself to be a trotter of huge potential during his two year old season. However, bad manners marred his final few starts in a frustrating season.
This time in and it has been a case of steady as she goes for Robert and John in their management of the Majestic Son gelding. Some strong trial and workout form from the stand starts gave a lot of confidence to the camp today.
Starting from the unruly, Sundees Son gained the early advantage in the race when favourite Musculus blew the start. However, he undid this advantage some 50m later going into a break himself and then settling at the rear of the field. John was frustrated by the early gallop, but was then delighted by how he trotted for the rest of the trip.
"There was absolutely no reason for him to gallop, none at all."
"Once we got through the early stages he trotted well and always felt like a winner."
After being launched on a solo three wide run from the 900m, Sundees Son quickly wrested up to the pacemaker Ruthless Kayla at the 600m. He joined that runner as the field turned for home and quickly asserted an adavantage at the 200m. He was patiently handled in the run to the line by John and held on comfortably from a trailling Honey's Son by one and a quarter lengths.
John was thrilled by the performance and is hoping that they can now put last year's mixed season behind them as they build towards some of the big three year old spoils.
Today's win was his third from just the eight starts for his owner Colin Hair and takes his stake-earnings to over $26,000.
A race later and it was the turn of the Melbourne bound The Brooklyn Brawler, which was having it's last run today for the Robert Dunn stable.
Unlucky to miss a spot in today's Sires Stakes final The Brooklyn Brawler looked a great shot back in R58 - R64 company, even from his bad draw. The only surprise was the punters allowing him to go around at odds of 20-1.
The Brooklyn Brawler was able to get a nice run through from his second line barrier and was up facing the breeze with 1600m to run. After a brief lead inquiry, he was happy to sit outside the pacemaker Bettor Trix for the trip. Driven up coming to the turn, The Brooklyn Brawler initially loooked under pressure. But true to his name, he dug in for the fight all the way to the line getting his nose in front right on the line to win from a late swooper in Gentle Giant, with outsider Mac Almighty another half neck away in third.
It was an impressive run from The Brooklyn Brawler and one that would have put a smile on the face of his new owners who were on track today. Having been the one that did all the work in the race, a final time of 2.19.6, representing a 1.55.1 mile rate was a good tough effort.
The Brooklyn Brawler will depart with a record of three wins from 14 starts with stakes of just under $43,000. His career highlight to date was a win in last season's Group Three Kindergarten Stakes, beating The Devils Own. He looks sure to do a great job in Melbourne and we look forward to following his progress. We wish his new connections all the best.
Posted: Tue 14 Nov 2017