The weekend wrap
It was a good Friday night from the stable point of view with Tuapeka Trick (in photo) and Billy Badger, both victorious at Addington, while Woodstone delivered a convincing win at Alexandra Park.
It was the Colin Hair owned Woodstone that delivered first blow for the night as he produced a massive winning run over the 2700m. After missing away slightly at the start, he was able to slot into a one out position and was about seven lengths off the leader with two rounds to go. While the stablemate Sundees Son which had been slow away made a run three wide up to the leaders at the 1000m, Tony Herlihy elected to stay in with Wooedstone. However, after a bit of a skirmish at the 900m, he was able to quickly improve his spot and was able to find Sundees Son's back (breeze), from the 700m.
Sundees Son looked a huge threat turning for home, but broke just as he was launching his challenge, allowing Woodstone to join in as he liked, before going on for an authoriative victory by three and three quarter lengths in a smart 3.29.2 for the 2700m.
A four year old by The Pres out of Gemstone, Woodstone was recording win four from just the 15 starts. A trotter of huge potential, he looks sure to have a big future as a five and six year old. The frustrations with Sundees Son continue after he missed away, made a big run to challenge and then broke when a chance at the 200m.
Down at Addington and it was Billy Badger that was back in the winners circle after a tough front-running win over the 1950m. Drawn the outside, he went forward early and was in front by the mile peg, having followed across Bettor's Heart with one of her lightning beginnings. John was able to totally dominate the race from the top. Able to close out a solidly run affair with a final 800m in 56.4 and the final 400m in 27.8, he was always going to make things tough for his rivals, with the trailling Bettor's Heart the best of these.
Four year old Billy Badger has really come solid this campaign, Friday's win was the sixth of his 42 start career for just over $94,000 in stakes won. He is an outside hope of qualifying for the Harness Jewels.
The final winner for the evening was a very popular one, with Tuapeka Trick nabbing his third win from 19 starts for the Westview Super Seventeen syndicate and the Witches Of Westview Syndicate.
Given a good draw on this occasion, it was another positive drive from John that saw him blast to the lead early on. Following some early pressure, John was able to back off the speed from the 1400m and was able to dictate as he wished. With little pressure until the 800m, he was able to up the wick somewhat from the 800m. Turning for home he faced only one real challenge that of the parked runner Mighty American. Closing the race out in 27.9 for the final 400m, Tuapeka Trick held on by a head from Mighty American with the favourite Extreme Stride flying home for third after making a costly early mistake.
Tupeka Trick is another example of a stable runner in career best form presently, this win the second from his last three starts.
Other notable runs on the night came from:
Hayden's Meddle - a huge run after blowing the start early and storming home for third.
Feel The Money - came from a mile back in the Nevele R Fillies final to be beaten seven lengths. Her last 400m and 800m sectionals were the best in the race and suggest that if she can get a draw in next week's oaks she is far from a forlorn hope.
You Really Got Me - looked home in the big go for the two year old trotters, only to be nutted right on the line by One Apollo. His manners were impeccable and he showed he will be a horse to follow.
Posted: Sun 13 May 2018