Alta Orlando looking to go back to back at Addington
Alta Orlando's victory at Addington last Friday indicated that he is back to some of his very best form. He meets a similar field in this Saturday's Group One Easter Cup over the 3200m and looks every chance to get a big slice of the spoils.
In last week's prelude to the Easter Cup, Alta Orlando was always well back after starting from the unruly over the 1950m, but came with a sustained run from the 500m to wear down his opponents, including the hotpot More The Better. Back to the standing start this week should pose few problems for the Courage Under Fire six year old. With a small field of just the nine starters, John will have options during the running, as he is a horse that can do the work in the running when required.
Toughest to beat in the feature are likely to be More The Better which was very brave last week, while Buster Brady, Don Domingo and Tiger Thompson are all winning hopes on their best form.
This year's Easter Cup meeting is a day meeting and kicks off from a stable perspective in Race Six, with Tuapeka Trick and Johnny White. Tuapeka Trick was good last week from a tough draw first up, while Johnny White ran on a lot better at Waimate. They are both at least place hopes, with Tuapeka Trick a winning hope from the more favourable barrier.
Billy Badger has done well in his two runs since returning and looks a place chance again in Race Ten. He has to contend with a wide draw here, meaning he will likely have to do work at some stage. He is very honest.
Alta Maestro returns in the last of the day and looks a very good hope fresh up. He won't have things all his own way with Sheriff and Star Commander drawn inside him, but is a winning chance if things all pan out his way.
Posted: Fri 30 Mar 2018