Hayden's Meddle is a gold one
A horse that has been so consistent since resuming at Motukarara back at the start of April, Hayden's Meddle turned a number of placed runs into a winning performance on a cold Rangiora afternoon, in doing so giving Matt Anderson a one win lead in the premiership for the junior drivers.
Raced by one of harness racings really top blokes in Warwick Sparks, Hayden's Meddle looked well placed today off the front. However, after getting a bit sideways at the start, he soon lost some of that adavantage, setttling fifth in a spread out field. After popping off the rails at the 1400m, Hayden's Meddle was able to enjoy a nice one-one sit on the back of Smarter VC for the last 1200m.
As the field passed the 400m, leader Nota Nene Denario still appeared to have a bit of a kick left and was sent for home by driver Terry Chmiel. Driver Matt Anderson got busy with Hayden's Meddle at this point, sending him forward four wide with his run after turning in. He quickly joined the fray at the 150m, had a brief fight from the trailling runner in Pembrook's Passion, but was too strong at the line, going on to win by three quarters of a length at the line in 3.20.9 for the 2600m stand.
A four year old Christian Cullen gelding out of Sparks' good mare Make A Meddle (7 wins), Hayden's Meddle was recording his 4th win from just 29 starts. With a further 14 placings, he has done a really nice job, today's win taking his stakes won to over $36,000.
If Hayden's Meddle got it slightly wrong at the start, favourite Hundie made a total mess of it, breaking and losing the best part of 50m. To finish within two lengths of the winner was a big effort.
Kensington Kate, another well favoured drive for Matt Anderson was another runner that staged a big run after an early break. Backed as unbeatable on the tote, she was on the back foot as the tapes released, galloping and settling in the last few. After making a big run to breeze at the 1200m, she did very well to keep fighting over the final stages and her third placing was a top run.
The final runner of the day was Johnny White in the last. After breezing until the 800m, he fought solidly when clear in the straight for third, another win not far away.
Posted: Sun 27 May 2018