Three year old trotters coninue progress to bigger targets
Valloria has been the star hit amongst the three year old trotting ranks so far this season and looks to carry on a great run of form in the Sires Stakes prelude this evening. However, he won't have things all his own way, with stablemate Sundees Son and the smart Stress Factor, two of his toughest rivals.
A trotter that only made his debut at the two day Nelson meet back in January, Valloria has wasted no time making a statement amongst the three year old ranks, with his victory against a star studded field in the Hambletonian last time out authoriative to say the least.
In a small but select field tonight, Valloria looks set to start a short priced favourite. However, there are a number of tough rivals in the race, including the stablemate Sundees Son. A huge talent hinmself, Sundees Son was driven conservatively by Gavin Smith at Ashburton and put in a terrific run. It was great to see him get home in style after being driven for one run. He looked back to somewhere near his best. If he can at least hold a forward position off the gate this evening, then he must be a big chance. Stress Factor is a proven talent and Winterfell is another new kid on the block, but oozes ability. It should be an intriguing race.
The night kicks off for the Robert Dun stable in Race Two, with Born To Run, Diamonds N Cash and Henry Hubert all involved. Born To Run is the best served with the draw and should get a nice run on the pace. He can get a slice of this at big odds. Diamonds N Cash has been in great form, but may need a Gav Smith special given the draw. He is such an honest horse though and if the pace is on, he won't be far away. Henry Hubert has produced some top runs this season and is fresh up here. From the unruly over the 1950m, he will need to be on the top of his game, but look for him to be finishing over the top of them all.
Feel The Money and Kensington Kate both contest the Nevele R fillies heat Race Four. Kensington Kate has drawn well in three, while the task for Feel The Money is that much tougher out of barrier six. This is a very strong heat and both fillies will require luck. Feel The Money has acquitted herself well against many of these before and should appreciate a strong pace. Bettor Joy looks the one to beat after drawing well in barrier two.
Borntobeastar goes around in Race Five. She was very good at Motukarara two starts back and then had little joy after getting too far back last time. She is talented and has a lot of speed, so looms as a good chance in an open field.
Billy Badger and Alta Orlando are both fresh up in Race Seven. They are both place chances at least, in a race dominated on the tote by Funatthebeach.
Johnny White and Every Option are both newcomers to the Woodend Stable and contest the junior drivers event Race Eight. From difficult draws they are both entitled to start at long odds. Both are place hopes with the right run.
Bonnie Highlander has been very good this campaign and looks a great chance of another win in Race Nine. This is a very open field and manners will be the key, but she looks up to any in this.
Posted: Fri 16 Mar 2018