John hopeful of another big day in the cart
It had been a quiet season for Johnny by his own high standards, until a late double late on cup day got him back on track. A winning treble at Ashburton today has propelled him into the top five in the premiership with 21 wins. He looks to carry this run of form into a big Show Day tomorrow.
John has drives in both of the days features with Harriet Of Mot for the in-laws the Edmonds in the Dominion Handicap and stable runner Robbie Burns in the New Zealand free-for-all.
Harriet Of Mot has had a mixed preparation this season with a win over Hey Yo back in September the highlight of her four starts.
"She's had a few wee issues," said John.
"Her work has been a lot better though and hopefully she will get things right in the manners department this time as she is certainly up to most here on her best form."
Harriet Of Mot is presently third favourite with the bookies, behind favourite Great Things Happen and second favourite Bourdeaux that are dominating the betting.
Robbie Burns competed in the cup on Tuesday and never got into the race with the race pattern that unfolded. With no Lazarus in this field though and from a handy draw, John is hoping for a competitive run.
John's day in the cart starts in Race One with Jaw D Nancy in Race One. She was a convincing winner at Timaru first up and looks to have scope to go a lot further. She looks one of the biggest threats to likely hot-pot Musculus.
John has been looking after southerner Pantastic at the beach and she has done well when she has come to Addington in the past. She looked pretty ready at last week's cup trials. She meets an even looking field in the South of the Waitaki race, a race in which there is no standout prospect. The draw is awkward, but look for John to put her in the race at some point.
John has a catch drive for the Williamsons in Pyramid Magic in Race Four. He has been going solid enough races but a rough place is all that he could be accorded tomorrow.
John combines with the Benny Hill runner Bubble Gum in Race Five. His was a strong third last time and in an evenly matched field here, he must be an each-way hope, especially if he gets some luck.
Alta Maestro was a disappointing on Tuesday but gets a chance for redemption in Race Six, where he takes on some older horses, including junior free-for-all winner in The Fixer.
"For now anyway he does seem a much better horse when in front," said John.
"So we will go forward and take our chances early."
Stablemate Alta Orlando put in a good run for third in the junir free-for-all and a repeat of that has him close to the money again here.
Trotter Muscles Galore was a stylish winner at Timaru and does look a progressive type, again for the Edmonds in Race Seven. He will start a warm favourite and looks very tough to roll.
Bite The Bullet hasn't been far away recently and wasn't far away in the junior free-for-all. He is good from a stand and if he can overcome the 20m handicap, he is a great place hope at least in Race Eight.
American Tart will again lock horns with Bonnie Joan in the mares Classic, Race Ten. She showed her great speed last time in getting over Bonnie Joan and John has been pleased with her progress since. The aforementioned runner does look the hardest to beat, but the stablemate, the wonderfully consistent Lovetodream must come strongly into calculations fom a good draw. She deserves to win a good race.
John's final runner in the race is Bettor Chance, a horse that was terribly unlucky on Tuesday. She never got clear at any stage despite appearing to have plenty to offer. If they go hard hard, she may get a run into it at the right time. If she does, she looks incredible each-way value on the current book odds.
Posted: Thu 16 Nov 2017