A big day ahead for John and Robert at Nelson.
The two day Nelson Summer meet kicks off today with a host of chances from the Robert Dunn stable today.
Feel The Money debuts in Race One and looks a great winning chance. She trialled well in a private trial last week and will look to use a handy draw to good effect.
The well bred Valloria is also on debut in Race Two. He is a three year old son of the former top trotting mare Savona, which won 13 of her 80 race starts. He qualified back in the spring, but hasn't been sighted at any offical trials since then. Rest assured though, he will be ready to go today and is an eachway hope. A lot of interest in the race will be around the performance of former top pacer Saveapatrol, having his first start as a trotter today, after an impressive qualifying run.
Another newcomer in Race Three for the Gordons is Jack Pack. An American Ideal three year old, he is a half brother to Code Black and Miss Daisy that earlier raced out of the stable to good effect. He too has trialled up well for his debut run and looks another good eachway hope. He will be joined in the race by a stable newbie in The Bounder. While out of form, he does look one that can easily improve with the benefit of a beach preparation. He is one to spice up the multiples.
De Lancome will look to produce back to back wins in Race Five today. John was thrilled with her run last Friday at Timaru and feels that she may have turned a corner. From a handy draw again today, she should get a good spot in the running and prove tough to roll. A definite eachway chance again.
Tyron Bettor's Ella is a five year old mare on debut for the Neumann's in Race Six. Initially qualified by Patrick O'Reilly, John ended up with her for the benefit of the beach training. She has had her share of problems over time, hence the late debut. However, John is very happy with her and thought that she may be one of his best chances, so go eachway again.
Bonnie Highlander will surely start the shortest priced of all the stable runners today and goes around in Race Seven. She was just so good first up at Ashburton and does look a good thing today if the manners department is all on song.
Summer Wealth was a lot better last time in running third and has shown enough to suggest a good chance at odds in Race Eight. He meets a couple of good types here, but is far from a forlorn hope.
The final runner today is Tuapeka Trick in Race Nine. He has drawn well and is one of the better chances in an even affair. He too can deliver at nice eachway odds, particularly if he gets the right run.
Posted: Fri 12 Jan 2018