Last Waltz the star turn of the weekend

It was a long trip south for the babies, but one well justified with Last Waltz a convincing winner over the 2200m on debut proving too tough for her stablemate Garta and the well favoured Stun Gun.

There had been little between the stablemates Garta and Last Waltz heading into their debut yesterday. However, with a workout and trial win over her stablemate, it was Garta that took a lot of support, starting a short-priced favourite.

Allowed to ease off the gate for driver John Dunn, Last Waltz was back last and six lengths off leader Stun Gun at the 800m. All the while, her stablemate Garta appeared to be travelling a treat in the trail. John unleashed the brakes at the 700m and the Bettor's Delight filly scorched around to get outside the leader at the 500m. She quickly went up to Stun Gun on turning in and despite doing some work, cruised to the lead at the 150m. While Garta got home well once in the passing lane and was cutting back ground at the line, it was a one and a half length margin in favour of Last Waltz and an impressive debut win.

Owned by her breeder Ian Dobson and Mrs J V Burnett, Last Waltz is the second foal of Idancedwithcullen to race, with half sister Janices Cullen raced earlier out of the stable.

With a gear mix up by the airline earlier in the day, you could be excused for thinking that it was a Nathan Williamson trained winner. It was good of Nathan stepping forward and helping out.

Last Waltz hangs tough to deliver a nice win over stablemate Garta

Robbie Burns was well supported in the day's feature the Invercargill Cup. He began well enough from the backmark, but raced in the last couple throughout. After getting a run into it down the back, he did look winning chance at the 200m, but just peaked on his run to run third, behind the Nigel McGrath stablemates Maverick and My Wee Man.

Henry Hubert was the shortest priced runner on the day, but ruined his chances with an inexplicable gallop after 100m. He galloped for some way settling last, made his run down the back but was forced wide and just battled to be beaten seven lengths. He is a much better horse than that and his time will come.

Jack Pack enjoyed a nice run but was battling from the 500m. He battled on for 6th.

Tuapeka Trick was disappointing after enjoying a nice run in the trail, while Born To Run did get home well in the same event after getting too far back.

Then it was on to Motukarara with the three runners engaged today. Borntobeastar was really good in her resumption in the first of the day. She trotted away well, was well placed one out and three back until the 500m, then launched a big run four wide to hit the lead on turning in. She stuck to her guns all the way up the long Motukarara straight but was run down by a couple that had the cold shot late in the piece in Speedy Command for visting driver David Miller and BJ Lindenny that had trailled throughout.

De Lancome put in a really good run for second in her race over the 2000m. She led off the gate and then trailled the eventual winner Red Terror. She only went down narrowly by a half head in a really good run.

The final runner for the day was Loveyoutodoit that was stepping up in class abruptly after a maiden win. She settled back in a strung out field and never got into it on the day. She is another that will keep over the coming weeks.

Posted: Sun 28 Jan 2018