It has been a good weekend so far
With wins at Alexandra Park Friday and Addington (two) on Saturday it has been a good weekend for the stable. With four horses in at Rangiora today, there is a chance of further success.
Woodstone (in picture) looked a great chance to go back to back at Alexandra Park on Friday and never really gave his backers again cause for concern. After staying out of the early burn off the gate, John was able to settle him in 4th spot, eventually ending up with a nice one-one sit. Still in that spot at the 400m, he was eased out by John with his run and quickly loomed up to the leaders at the 200m. Momentarily the challenge of the favourite One Over Da Moon looked a strong one, but Woodstone was always trotting too well and went on to a comfortable one and a quarter lengths victory.
With the final 800m cut out in a smart 58 seconds, Woodstone completed the mile in 1.58.6. This was his fifth win from just 16 starts and he looks like a trotter that will give owner Colin Hair plenty to look forward to next season.
Woodstone's stablemate Sundees Son did not have the same luck, breaking late in the piece when still having plenty to offer.
Fast forward to Addington on Saturday night and it was the stable junior drivers Bronson Munro and Matt Anderson that were to the fore.
Tyron Bettor's Ella was perfectly drawn in the junior drivers race over the 1950m. She came off the gate well for Bronson, settling into a beautiful trail behind pacemaker Pat Campbell. She enjoyed the perfect run throughout and at the 400m, was clearly travelling better than any, but was also sweating on a run as Matt Anderson driving Queen Bee Bardon was serving it up to Pat Campbell. Fortunately for Bronson, Pat Campbell was able to get him to the passing lane and when through, Tyron Bettor's Ella came home too well for the favourite, going away by half a length at the line.
After an unsuccessful northern stint, Tyron Bettor's Ella looked a lot happier back home and in posting her third win from just eight starts, does have the scope to go on.
A race later and it was Matt Anderson's turn with Stars Tonight. Caught wide early, he was forced to go forward and after an unsuccessful lead inquiry at the 1400m, was forced to sit parked outside pacemaker Prestonpans throughout. After a 28.2 quarter down the back, Stars Tonight could have been forgiven for chucking it in. However, the two year old by Bettor's Delight showed some real toughness to level up to Prestonpans at the 50m before out-toughing him in the run to the line.
Out of Lady Antebellum, Stars Tonight is a half brother to the well performed Billy Badger (six wins). Having just his third win last night he looks a horse with real potential and staying ability.
Today, the action turns to Rangiora. With four runners engaged, there looks to be further chance of success, with Kensington Kate, Hayden's Meddle and Johnny White looking good chances to add to Matt's win from last night.
After last night's driving successes, Matt Anderson is tied with Benjamin Butcher on 35 wins in the junior drivers' premiership, while Bronson is 14th with eight wins from just 79 drives. The stable at sit a clear second in the trainers premiership with 77 wins from 530 starters.
Posted: Sun 27 May 2018