Valloria the rising star in Hambletonian win
At just start four of his career, Valloria has laid down the gauntlet to the three year old crop of 2017-2018, with a stunning win in today's Hambletonian for the three year olds. Well backed as second favourite on the tote, Valloria easily justified John's choice of drive, beating a talent packed field by three and a half lengths in emphatic fashion.
Bred to be very good as a Majestic Son, out of the very good racemare Savona (13 wins), Valloria showed at his previous start at Geraldine that he was a serious racehorse, beating the well performed Majestic Man on that occasion. Still, it was a further step up in company today and even Valloria's biggest fans couldn't have expected today's performance.
Away well off the gate, he secured a nice run one out with cover until the 600m, when he was left in the breeze and chasing down Renezmae which had done a power of work out wide to get to the lead. Allowed to go forward and up to the filly near the turn, Valloria always looked to be travelling a treat. He quickly assumed the lead on turning in and then spaced the others by 3-4 lengths. He was kept up to his work in the run to the line by John and held on easily from Stress Factor which had trailled and Show Gait which was an impressive late finisher.
Even more satisfying in terms of today's win was that the race was sponored by brothers Alan and Ian Neumann, the sponsors of today's race and great Mid Canterbury men. The win continues a great run that they have enjoyed since the start of this year.
Sundees Son was always going to have to do it tough from his draw and so it proved. Always well back, he stormed home out wide for 5th and his sectionals for the last 800m and 400m will clearly have been the best in the race. The fact that he trotted all of the way is a good sign as he too targets big races such as the Trotting Derby.
Outside of today's win by Valloria it was a quiet one for the stable. Feel The Money was the best of the three year old fillies, finishing on well for 5th, after getting very wide on the turn. Heisenberg was run down late after leading on the Sapling Stakes. He dictated the pace throughout and while running home his last 800m in 55.1, the last 400m wind assisted in 25.1, he still succumbed late to the Purdon debutante War Dan Delight. His was still a very good run though after leading the field into the teeth of the nor wester down the back straight.
Posted: Sun 25 Feb 2018