Yagunnakissmeornot and Feel The Money provide weekend highlights
They are at contrasting stages of their respective careers, but Yagunnakissmeornot and Feel The Money (in picture) were both super in their respective assignments on Friday.
The Queen of Alexandra Park Yagunnkissmeornot, must have loved getting back to behind the mobile gate on Friday night. Able to get forward early to lead, before trailling Djokovic, Yagunnakissmeornot always looked to be travelling a treat. Turning for home, she looked the one once the passing lane appeared and seized that opportunity, before going on to a half length victory ahead of Charlemagne in a smart 2.04.3 for the 1700m, just 0.5 second outside the national mares record of Idle Bones.
Incredibly this was her 17th career win and all of these have come at Alexandra Park, mostly with Maurice McKendry in the cart. Still only a six year old, she is in the best form of her career. With her real penchant for the right-handed style of racing, she must be a good chance again when it comes to some of the big Group trots in a couple of months time. She continues to do an incredible job for the Parkers and the Davidsons, her stake-earnings nearing the $200,000 mark.
Meanwhile down at Addington, three year old filly Feel The Money, owned by the Westview Super Seventeen and Witches of Westview syndicate 2018, was being thrown in the deep end as she took on some of the best fillies in the country in the PGG Yearling Sales Pace for the three year old fillies.
At just start four of her short career, she went back in the early play and was sitting in the last few with a lap to go. With favourites Bettor Joy (lead), Dizzy Miss Lizzy (trail) and Elle Mac (breeze), dominating a slow pace, John asked the Bettor's Delight filly to go forward from the 700m. She loomed three wide with a strong run as they approached the turn, but was pushed wider as the sprint really went on. Fifth at the 100m, she really dug in over the last 100m to get up for third, an impressive staying effort and one that augurs well for her future.
The two other stable fillies had little joy after racing back, with De Lancome breaking at the 700m when mounting her run, while Anytime was always pocketed well back on the rails.
In the night's feature, the Group One Breeders Stakes for the mares, American Tart was bereft of any real luck. She went forward from her wide draw to breeze early, before working to the lead at the 1300m. After facing further pressure down the back, she was battling some way out, with John reflecting it was just "one of those nights," for his good mare. The race was won by a very impressive Utmost Delight, which despite a very tough run, was simply too good for her rivals.
The other notable run from a stable point of view was Bonnie Highlander which placed second in a very strong intermediate grade trot. Away well from the stand over the 2600m, she was able to work to an early lead and travelled well as pacemaker throughout. She looked the winner on the turn, only going down late to the smart filly Renezmae.
Posted: Sun 18 Feb 2018