Westview witches bring the winning potion to Super Seventeen partnership
In what was an inspired move as it now turns out, Westview manager Nigel Armstrong has really played a great hand in initiating the Witches Of Westview 2018 syndicate at the start of this year. The hundred ladies Nigel has brought into his Westview syndication have really brought the good potion to the partnership, further evidenced by the maiden win of Borntobeastar this afternoon.
Today's win by Borntobeastar comes at just start six of her short career. Having gone down narrowly at Motukarara last weekend, there was real confidence in the camp, especially if she could overcome her unruly mark in the big maiden field. She stepped the mark like a real professional today and with a round to go, John had her beautifully positioned in the one-one and travelling a treat. When the moves came down the back the last time, he didn't panic, full of confidence that the filly had plenty in the tank late in the race.
Awkwardly placed at the 500m, John started to ease her out from a tight spot and was up challenging three and four wide turning for home. She cruised past the leader My Eyre at the 100m and comfortably held out the late bid of BJ Lindenny, which was subsequently disqualified.
With the Waitangi Day holiday today, it was a perfect opportnity to get big numbers of the Super Seventeen and Witches of Westview syndicates out and they did not disappoint, with many going the full hog wrearing their witches hats to support their pride and joy.
John has been pleased by the filly's attitude in her last two starts.
"It has been good to see her better manners and then race more generously also."
"She has always had big speed, so with an improved attitude, it certainly helps."
John was uncertain with the next start for Borntobeastar, but has not ruled out joining stablemates Valloria and Sundees Son in a three-pronged attack on the Hambletonian at Ashburton at the end of the month. Sundees Son has a run at the workoust tomorrow ahead of a start at Addington Friday week.
The second win for the stable and John's third of the day was Onedin Reign for Terry and Gary Lane. Heavily supported in her first two starts, she ran two really nice seconds from poor draws. From a difficult draw again today, she was always going to have to do it tough, especially on a lead, or handy, racing pattern.
Inside the last lap, John went forward with the Sir Lincoln filly and going down the back the last time, she was outside the leader Skipperland on a moderate pace. Things only really got serious from the 400m as Onedin Reign put the pressure on Skipperland, while Better Decision loomed ominously three wide. As they hit the home straight, Onedin Reign hit the lead and under a drive from John, really responded to his urgings all the way up the straight to go onto a win by one and a half lengths over a game Skipperland that fought back for second. The final 400m was definitely where things jumped up a gear, with a 27.9 quarter a slick effort on the grass.
Onedin Reign was also bred by the Lane brothers, who raced the dam Onedin Classic that won two of her nine starts out of the Robert Dunn stable.
'She was a good horse the dam," said John.
"She was a really tough mare and it seems to have followed through with this filly too."
"It was great for Terry and "Bluey" both of whom have worked for us a lot over the years."
While the two winning runs were great, John felt that it could have easily been four or five, with just that bit of luck you need.
"Diamonds N Cash and Bonnie Highlander were both huge runs."
"Unfortunately Diamonds N Cash wasn't standing quite straight on when they let them go and broke because of that."
The Breckon racing owned three year old galloped for the first 100m, before settling down in the last few and up to 15 lengths off the lead. Driven cold by John thereafter, he was still beyond midfield at the 800m and giving leader Cable Beach up to ten lengths. Within five lengths of the leader at the 400m, he was pulled to the outside four and five wide with his run. In a huge performance he ran eventual winner Clasina Maria to a half length with Don Domingo a further three quarters of a length away in third.
It was a mighty run by a horse that has not looked back since coming south. He is doing a great job for his connections.
Another unlucky runner was Bonnie Highlander.
"She stepped brilliantly the first time and then was just a bit unsettled with the restart and broke."
"To lose the ground that she did and still loom as a chance, well that was massive."
"She's a really good trotter that mare."
The final runner of the day was De Lancome in the last. She continued a good run of form this campaign, coming with what appeared the winning run at the 100m, only to be denied over the last 50m by a late swooper in Acuto.
Posted: Tue 06 Feb 2018