Woodstone puts it all together on big Ashburton track
Colin Hair's cup week has turned out to be a ripper. On Tuesday at Addington, it was the brilliant, but enigmatic Sundees Son that was too good, even after an early gallop. Today at Ashburton, it was four year old Woodstone, a horse that has his own share of tricks, that was too good for a field of up to R70 trotters.
By The Pres, out of Gemstone, Woodstone had the five starts as a three year old and was successful in the third of these. Since resuming this preparation, it has been the manners that have been the problem. However, a last start sixth after an early break, gave John some hope that a winning run might not be far away.
"He did actually step that day and we were going to dispute the early lead before he broke."
"He must have lost about 50m and wasn't that far off them at the end."
Today Woodstone made a safe beginning and settled in the midfield early on. At the mile peg he was still all of 20 lengths off the lead in a stretched out field. From the 1400m, John elected to take shortcuts and was soon five back on the inside. Coming to the 400m, his looked a forlorn task as he was still five back and in a pocket. However, in a superb burst of speed inside the last 200m, he swept past most of the field, while never leaving the inside. He got up right on the post to beat Say Your Pres, that had looked the winner when hitting the lead at the 100m.
"He showed some speed didn't he," said John, who was suitably impressed with the efforts of his charge.
The important thing today was that Woodstone showed what a motor that he has when he can put it all together. Still a relatively inexperienced trotter, he looks likely to get better and better as he works out what this game is all about.
Woodstone was John's third win today after wins earlier on with stablemate Summer Wealth and with Every Option, a $40 shot for Mark Smolenski in Race Seven. He nearly made it four wins for the day with Take After Me in Race Ten. It looked home for the money at the 50m, before being bombed right on the line by the Patrick O'Reilly trained Shez Good.
Posted: Thu 16 Nov 2017