Bronson chasing some Summer Wealth today at Geraldine
Stable junior reinsman Bronson Munro combines with Summer Wealth this afternoon at Geraldine. An impressive winner last week at Ashburton, Summer Wealth will be looking to make it two from two since joining the stable.
A former southerner when trained by Nathan Williamson, Summer Wealth had five starts down south, after qualifying as a three year old. While trainer Nathan always thought a bit of the horse, it was evident, that time was always going to be his best friend.
Now a five year old, Summer Wealth was sent out the hottest of favourites when winning at Ashburton. He found the lead from the 1700m on that occasion and looked to be travelling well within himself in the run to the line.
Today's race will be another step up, needing to come from six on the second line over the 1850m sprint trip. However, stable junior Munro, will know what sort of motor the Mach Three gelding has and will look to put him into the race at the right time. If he is able to secure an economical drag into the race at any stage, look for him to be finishing over the top of them.
It is any even field though, with a host of other chances, that include likely favourite Vinny Gambini and English Rose both from the frontline, while the Andrew Fitzgerald trained Black Art that has run a host of good placings is also a strong hope.
It is a quiet day for stable runners today with maiden Kensington Kate and Alta Orlando - Geraldine Cup, the only other runners engaged.
Kensington Kate was very good last week at Ashburton, in a swiftly run mile won by Come Dance With Me. Obliged to race in the breeze all of the way, she looked to be gone on the turn, but showed some real tenacity to kick on for third in a placed time of 1.56.
Today's maiden field is certainly no stronger than last week. If John can get a bit of luck from her second line draw, she is sure to be right in the thick of it over the closing stages.
Alta Orlando is a bit like the girl from the nursery rhyme - "when she was good, she was very, very good, when she was bad, she was horrid." He was very, very good closing for a strong third behind The Fixer on Cup Day, but then he was absolutely horrid when refusing to score up behind the mobile on Show Day. He contests a very even Geraldine Cup field, in a race run over the 2850m from a stand. He starts off the unruly from 20m behind. While always a risk for the punters, he can certainly be right in this if he is on his A game.
The Geraldine Cup is full of winning hopes that include James Dean, a resuming Raukapuka Ruler and Mickey Gee which was so good on Show Day at Addington.
John has some good outside drives again today, with Jaw D Nancy and Harriet Of Mot both likely favourites in their events.
Jaw D Nancy was sent to the unruly last Friday after breaking in the score up, but that proved no barrier to a dominant win. She appears a very progressive trotter and while this is another step up in class, she is the one to beat in Race Five.
The other runner for the Edmonds is Harriet Of Mot, so unlucky in last Friday's Dominion Handicap after a late break. She holds a class edge in the race and if she handles the grass surface, she must be the one to beat.
John's final two drives are Every Option in Race Eleven and Boomer Bailey in Race Twelve. Both are at long odds but would be place chances with luck in the running.
Posted: Sat 25 Nov 2017