Heisenberg impressive Addington winner
While he had to play second fiddle to his stablemate Spot On when on debut, Heisenberg delivered his first win at Addington on Friday, looking like a horse that should go on with things.
On the back of an impressive workout win at Rangiora the week before, Heisenberg was sent out at cramped odds on Friday. While stablemate Spot On burned off the gate early to lead, Heisenberg was driven quietly by Johnny and sat last in the small field at the 1000m. Taken forward at the 600m, he quickly joined Spot On in the lead. The sprint went on from the 400m and at the 200m, Heisenberg went up to and past Spot On, which was tiring after getting keen in the running. He quickly assumed control, but needed to be driven out to win by three quarters of a length from Major Trojan which had been late clearing a trail.
The 1950m, was run in 2.25.6, on a cool windy evening, with the last 800m in 57.9 and the last 400m in 27.7.
John was happy with the runs of both two year olds.
"Heisenberg was really good. He went forward at the same time as the pace was picking up, so he's done well to tough it out."
"Dex said that Spot On just got too keen after coming off the gate early. He's still fought on pretty good though to run 4th."
John was uncertain of the programme past Friday, but was considering a race on February 16th as a possible next upper.
The big race on Friday was the Premier Mares Championship at Group Two level and the stable was represented by American Tart and Lovetodream. Both mares put in great runs for second - American Tart and 5th - Lovetodream, in what was her last race start.
From their good draws, the two mares received perfect trips in the running with American Tart trailling leader Better B Amazed and Lovetodream three back the inner. Better B Amazed set up a sharp tempo throughout and going down the back copped plenty of attention from favourite Bonnie Joan and Dexter.
Coming to the corner and Bonnie Joan started to really put it to the pacemaker, while John and American Tart which were really travelling were awaiting their chance up the passing lane. While American Tart really knuckled down over the last 100m, giving her all to come after Bonnie Joan, the post came soon enough for the latter, which held on by a head at the line.
"I though I was a big chance at the 400m, as she was travelling super," said John.
"But the difference in the end was that Dex had the momentum coming around that final bend, while we got held up just enough waiting for the passing lane."
"She's gone great, but the other mare was too good. She's very tough."
Lovetodream fought very hard for her 5th placing and John was happy with her effort also.
"That'll be it for her now. She's in foal and she can go to the paddock now. She's done a great job for her owners."
Lovetodream raced 34 times, for eight wins, six seconds and seven thirds, for over $73,000. She has been a wonderfully consistent mare for her owners, the Cummings, the Williams and the Woodhams.
Of the other stable runners, Anytime was a much improved effort for third behind Bushido after doing work. Bettor Chance blew out in running 6th. Beautifully driven by Bronson, he got the drag into the race on the back of Black Art and Andrew and looked the winner at the 400m, before his condition gave out.
"He felt like he was going to bolt in coming off the top, but then turning for home, he just got a bit tired first up," siad Bronson.
Posted: Sun 04 Feb 2018