Cup Day Review
It was never going to be an easy day and so it proved for the first ten races on the programme. But a winning double in the last two races gave much than a pass mark for the day. The stable farewelled a Melbourne bound The Brooklyn Brawler (in picture) on a winning note.
Race One - Foreverman (4th). Stepped well and enjoyed a nice run three back for the first mile. Thereafter four back. Ran on nicely for a close up 4th in a strong two miles run in 4.06.7. 1. B D Khaosan, 2. Lavros Jack, 3. Kingdom Come
Race Two -Tuapeka Trick (6th). Wide early and then got in one spot from the 1300m, to race midfield. Off again three wide at the 800m, then four wide from the 400m. Unable to make much progress in a fast run maiden - 2.18.2 for the 1950m. Nigel happy with the run considering the first five runners had been around, or on the markers throughout. His win will come. 1. Major Shard, 2. Conway Beach 3. Fizzing
Race Four - Alta Orlando (3rd), Bite The Bullet (6th). Alta Orlando was kept off the gate early and settled at the tailend of the field. He was still last at the 400m, before looming wide with his run. He stormed home for third to be beaten by theree lengths in a very good run. Bite The Bullet enjoyed a nice run three back on the markers, before popping off at the 400m. He batlled on strongly in the run to the line to finish 6th, beaten just four lengths. 1. The Fixer 2. Hug The Wind, 3. Alta Orlando.
Race Five - Bettor Chance (9th). Midfield early and then went forward with her run at the 1300m. Then pushed three back in cramped quarters. No luck at all in the straight and very very unlucky. One to get on next time. 1. Real Torque 2. Highland Reign, 3. Debnita Rose
Race Seven - Henry Hubert (8th) and Alta Maestro (13th). Both horses went back early and at the 900m were well back, 3rd and 4th on the three wide train. Alta Maestro was battling to get into it at the 400m at which point he was humped four wide, Henry Hubert was last at the same time. Alta Maestro just battled thereafter, John reflecting how hard it is to come wide on a record pace. Henry Hubert impressed Gavin again, making up many lengths once clear. 1. Chase Auckland 2. King Of Swing 3. Cullenburn
Race Ten - Robbie Burns (11th). Away ok from his unruly draw, but then settled well back on a moderate pace. John said he was travelling well a lap out, but then a couple of checks at various stages made a difficult task even more impossible. A good honest effort running 3.58 for the two miles. 1. Lazarus, 2. Jack's Legend, 3. Tiger Tara
Race Eleven - Sundees Son (1st) - see comment in news stories
Race Twelve - The Brooklyn Brawler - (1st) - see comment in news stories
Posted: Tue 14 Nov 2017