Alta Orlando begins cup campaign
A late season star amongst the open class pacing ranks Alta Orlando begins his NZ Cup campaign tomorrow night at Addington. He is joined by stablemates Letspendanitetogetha and Captain Dolmio, both of which began their season last week.
The often wayward rogue Alta Orlando seemed to have really turned a corner with his late season form in the 2017-2018 season and went out for a break on a real high after defeating Messenger and Jewels winner Eamon Maguire in the Winter Cup in May. On a cold winter night Alta Orlando started off the backmark of 30m, but was too good for his opponents in a very smart 3.56.1 for the 3200m. Home in 55.3 on that occasion, he left connections very excited about the big day fast approaching in November.
To fit him for tomorrow evenings resumption, Alta Orlando has had the benefit of two Rangiora workouts and in the second of these he split his stablemates Letspendanitetogetha and Captain Dolmio in running second over the 2600m. Alta Orlando has the boss John Dunn taking the reins tomorrow evening and the two seem to have really developed a rapport. In a race set to be dominated on the tote by the Purdon/Rasmussen runners The Fixer and Dream About Me, Alta Orlando looks one of the main dangers to the favourites.
Captain Dolmio was first up in last week's National Handicap, stepped and dominated the race from the front and was only beaten late by the swoopers in The Fixer and Dream About Me. That was his first race since the Easter Cup 16 months ago and he is sure to have derived plenty of benefit from this race. A strong stayer, he really likes to get out in front and rolling and with one race now under his belt, driver Matt Anderson may opt for a more serious approach tomorrow, albeit also keeping in mind that you don't win the cup in August.
Letspendanitetogetha had trialled well leading into last week's race, but did his chips at the start. He is a lot better than that and if he can make a clean getaway, he can get a slice of this at big odds.
The night begins for the stable in Race Three with the very in-form De Lancome set to start a very short-priced favourite as she chases a hatrick on the track. Last week she came from several lengths off the leaders at the 400m, but was too good for pacemaker Christian Lady. Tomorrow night she is well enough drawn in barrier five, and meets a smallish field of just nine runners. John has plenty of options here and providing bad luck doesn't come into play she looks set to start the night on the right footing for the stable.
Wrangler has been very consistent this campaign and looks the main danger to favourite Saying Grace in Race Seven. Last time out he just had to do too much work to lead, and was gunned down late by an impressive Ana Malak. He is a definite eachway prospect again.
The final runner of the evening is Borntobeastar in Race Eight. She has had little go her way in the luck department of late. In what appears an open race, she is at least a place hope.
Posted: Thu 30 Aug 2018