American Tart super in New Years Eve win
She had had little go her way in her two previous Alexandra Park starts, but against a good field on New Years Eve, American Tart showed her undeniable speed to good effect dealing to a very good field of R85 and above pacers. It was an inch perfect drive by John as he found the slightest of gaps up the inside to get through and go on for a convincing three lengths victory.
At her last start, American Tart had no luck at all, forced to go around and take it to the favourite Partyon in the Group One Queen of Hearts. Her run was massive for 4th on that occasion and she looked certain to be hard to beat with any luck. The only real surprise was the fact that she was allowed to go out at 10th favourite and at odds of nearly 25-1 on the tote.
Driven for luck on this occsasion by John, American Tart was hopelessly pocketed four back on the inside and in last place as the field turned for home. However, in what was a parting of the seas in some respects, the inside gaps started to appear and inside the last 100m, John squeezed through inside of Jo's Dream with his run and charged through for an authoriative victory in a smart 2.39.7 for the 2200m.
This victory was the eighth from just 18 starts for the American Ideal mare owned by Rob Courtney and the McAllisters. Her stake-earnings are now over $71,000. She has always been a highly regrded mare and after some troubling injuries now appears back to the top of her game and on track for some of the mares features in the next couple of months.
Yagunnakissmeornot drew well and always looked a chance in the Group One National Trot. She got away well from her inside barrier and was able to trail three back on the inside the trip, as the more favoured runners in Speeeding Spur (lead), Kyvalley Blur (parked) and Temporale (one-one), all raced on the speed. Turning for home and Yagunnakissmeornot started to forge into the clear for driver Blair Orange. She finished strongly for her 4th pacing and was taking ground out of the first three all the way to the line. Temporale was again too good outfinishing Speeding Spur and a very game Kyvalley Blur in a quick 3.23.7 for the 2700m.
Back in form and now back to her favourite track, Yagunnakissmeornot will be back in the winners circle before long.
In terms of the other runners for the day:
Wrangler had no luck from his draw, but was a a handy 7th, beaten just three lengths behind Hunter Bromac.
Alta Maestro had a breathing issue and was pulled up in the Yearling Sales pace for the three year olds.
Kotare Cullen was checked when well back in the Sires Stakes for the three year old fillies.
Posted: Tue 02 Jan 2018