Alta Orlando looks to carry on good run of form
Alta Orlando was the winner of the Rangiora Classic at his last start and looks to continue that dominance over a similar field tonight at Addington over the 1950m in Race Four. Classy three year old Pat's Delight and Rangiora placegetters Billy Badger and Buster Brady are the three horses that loom as the toughest to beat.
The winner of three of his last four starts, Alta Orlando is in arguably the best form of his career, his only miss being the Easter Cup two starts ago, when he ran a meritorious 5th.
At his last start in the Rangiora Classic he had to be good to win. After starting from the unruly over the 2600m mobile, he was forced to do work three wide over the last lap, before hitting the lead at the 200m and continuning a sustained run to beat stablemate Billy Badger narrowly, but well.
While back in distance this evening and still off the unruly, he does have a fantastic record also over the shorter trip. He is capable of doing work and still being there at the business end, so does deserve to start favourite.
The stablemate Billy Badger is also in career best form and looks very hard to beat also. He does have a niggly barrier draw of seven to overcome, but catch driver Gavin Smith does have a great record with the team and is sure to put him in the best position in the running. With some luck early in the race, he too must be accorded a winning chance.
Pat's Delight is only a three year old, but only just missed last time in Sheriff's derby. He is on track towards the Harness Jewels, can work in his races and looks the biggest threat to stable success in the race.
Heisenberg has proven himself one of the better two year olds this season and cops a great draw in the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Pace, Race Six over the 1950m. He looks at least a place hope in a race likely to be dominated on the tote by Jesse Duke, Star Of Montana and Another Masterpiece. He is joined in the race by debutante Stars Tonight which comes up with a horror draw on the outside of the front row.
One race later and it is the turn of De Lancome and Kensington Kate. Both have drawn poorly in what appears a very open affair. That said, they both appear to be on the dropback in class and with the right cart into the race would both be each-way hopes.
Bonnie Highlander goes around in Race Eight. A peak run from her sees her right in this race. She has missed in her last couple of goes, but is much better than that. If she can step and find an early lead, she looks very hard to beat.
Posted: Fri 04 May 2018