Standout wins to maidens highlight a good night at Addington

While it was great to see the cup pacers including Captain Dolmio back on track last night, it was the new generation that were the real stars on the night for the Diamond Racing Stables. Wins to both Nakuru and Pro Surfer on debut marked them as a pair of very promising pacers coming through the ranks.

Nakuru is from a good family and showed that she will be a filly to watch in the coming months. A Mach Three three year old, out of the proven dam in Christian Watch (Miss Daisy - five NZ wins, Code Black - two NZ wins, Jack Pack - one win), Nakuru had signalled in her qualifying performance at Ashburton a week previous that she was ready for a big effort on debut. 

Drawn wide last night, driver Matt Anderson elected to go forward early. While in from at the 1600m, she had done work to get to that position. While she always looked to be travelling well, she had been softened up a little off the back the last time by The Optimist and Samantha Ottley. Turning for home though she still had a full head of steam and was much too good for the trailling runner Stately, which was three quarters of a length away at the line. The full 1980m trip was run in 2.26.4, the last 800m in 58.3 and the last 400m in 27.8.

Stablemate of the winner Flashazz was also a nice run on debut. She elected to go back early and then improved wide with a three wide cart home from the 800m. Pulled wide with her run on the corner, she looked a real chance to get some of the money, but just peaked on her run the last 100m. She does look another nice filly to follow moving forward.

Nakuru leads most of the way in a convincing maiden win over the 1980m

A few races later and it was another impressive debutante on show in Pro Surfer. A three year old Bettor's Delight gelding out of a top racemare in Surfin Swift, Pro Surfer had like Nakuru, been an impressive triallist at Ashburton last week.

From the wide draw over the 2600m, John elected to go back and find some cover early. He was well back in the field at the 1400m when he pressed forward with his run and had moved to a parked position outside the pacemaker and second favourite Georgias Baron from the 1000m. As the field moved off the back, John began to put some heat on the leader and the lead trio including trailler Algranco Albyone put a gap on the others. Turning in it was clear that Pro Surfer was travelling far too good for any others and he ran to the line a most convincing three length winner.

Paid up for Cup Day's Sires Stakes, it will be interesting to follow the progress of Pro Surfer through the spring. He certainly appears a very progressive type.

Pro Surfer could not have been any more impressive on debut

The Sparks family have had an association with the Robert Dunn stable over many many years. They have another of their horses that is giving them a lot of fun, in the shape of Hayden's Meddle. Now a five year year old, the Christian Cullen-Make A Meddle gelding has done a great job for Warwick and Una Sparks through his 38 start career. Last night's win was his fifth and with a further 17 placings, he has been a good earner, with nearly $50k in the bank.

Last night Hayden's Meddle stepped well enough and ended up beautifully placed one-one by John for the trip. At the 600m the pace really started to pick and John was off and trucking. On the corner he quickly swept past leader Si Si Senor, but was then under siege from the swoopers in Enchantee and Kingslayer. Looking beaten at the 150m, he really dug deep to ground out his win by half a neck in 3.17.9 for the 2600m stand, home the last 800m in 56.7 and the last 400m in 27.9.

Hayden's Meddle registers win five of his career over the 2600m

The final winner for the night was De Lancome in the last. Out of the top racemare in Lancome, De Lancome finally broke a long run of outs last week in the race for the junior drivers and looked poised for further success from a handy barrier again.

Handily off the gate she settled in a forward position one out, but as the race progressed her position deteriorated. Coming off the back the last time, she was giving the tearaway pacemaker Christian Lady up to five lengths start. Pulled out with her run from the 400m, she very quickly started to erode away that runner's advantage, sweeping to the lead at the 100m and running out a very nice winner by a length in a smart 2.25.7 for the 1980m trip.

A four year old by Bettor's Delight, last night's win was De Lancome's third and takes her stakes won to over $35,000.

De Lancome a good winner in 2.25.7 for the 1980m

Last night also saw the retun to racing of top class pacer Captain Dolmio. Off 20m and over the 2600m stand, he made his customary good beginning and was in front of the small field of six, with two laps to go. With two early breakers in Letspendanitetogetha and Bailey's Knight, the race was effectively a four horse contest from this point. 

Able to dictate some pretty easy sectionals, Captain Dolmio had things his oiwn way until the 800m when top mare Dream About Me strode up to get a bit more serious. From this point on the pace picked up appeciably. Turning in and Captain Dolmio was giving his best, but the challenges started to come from the inside and outside. At the 100m it was hard to split the four runners. However, in the last 50m, it was the swoopers in first Dream About Me and then ultimately The Fixer, that had too much momentum. The Fixer was a half length winner over Dream About Me, with Captain Dolmio a further one and a quarter lengths away in third, in a run that should tighten him up nicely for some of the spring features upcoming. 

It was great to see Captain Dolmio back - a nice third behind The Fixer

Posted: Fri 24 Aug 2018