Henry Hubert too good in debut at Alexandra Park
As happy as John was with the win of Alta Orlando in the Rangiora Classic today, he was also beaming about the wins of Henry Hubert and American Tart at Alex Park on Friday.
Henry Hubert was one of three from the stable to contest the last race of the evening over the 2200m. A horse of untapped potential, he has already produced top runs this season in the Sires Stakes final and the NZ Derby, both at Addington.
In a small field of R54-R59 pacers, he was able to slot into a nice spot three back early on, a position that became even better with a lap to go as he improved to be one out and one back.
Down the back for the last time and Henry Hubert looked to be really travelling and it was simply a case of when he would be unleashed with his run. John held onto him until the 200m when he let the brakes go, cruising to the lead, before surviving a late finish from stablemate Zadaka, another which looks a winner very soon. With the 2200m run in a comfortable 2.43.7, Henry Hubert held on by a half length, recording win two from 12 starts for the Gordons, taking his stake-earnings to over $40,000 in the process.
John was pleased with the horse's run and suggested that he will now stay in the north aiming at securing a start in the Cambridge Harness Jewels to be run at Queen's Birthday weekend.
Earlier in the evening and it was the good mare American Tart that was back in winning form. Able to step well enough from her 25m handicap, she was the beneficiary of a number of lead changes in the race, ending up superbly placed in the one-one from the the 1600m. With no further moves in the race, she was still perfectly situated at the 400m before being launched with her run. She quickly mastered pacemaker Solid Gold taking the lead at the 200m and then showing too much class to record a strong win by one and three quarter lengths. This win the 9th of her 23 start career takes her stakes won to just under $100,000 for Rob Courtney and the McAllisters'.
John intimated that American Tart may have another couple of starts in the north before a much earned winter break.
Posted: Sun 22 Apr 2018