Big representation in today's Hannon Memorial
The Hannon Memorial has been a long-standing feature of the New Zealand harness racing season and is regarded as a trditional lead-up to November's New Zealand Trotting Cup. This afternoon, the Robert Dunn stable are represented by five starters from the stable.
Letspendanitetogetha was superb in winning the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup last time out at huge odds. After missing away the first two starts of his current campaign, he was safely away last time. Well back at the 800m, he came wide with his run and was simply too good for his opposition. While again let go in the market today, if he gets it right in the manners departmen, he can be a big chance in the race.
Billy Badger was well away in the same race and enjoyed a nice run on the markers. It was only late in the race that his condition gave out. He will be much improved with the run and can definitely get a piece of this at odds if the race went his way.
Zadaka is a bit of an unknown in the race. He finished the northern season in great fashion with three wins and a second in his last four starts. Robert has been impressed with his improvement since coming south and thinks that he is a big chance of making this year's cup field. He has had one start for one win from the stand. We are sure to get a better line on his standing against the others through this race, but he looks a nice type coming through the grades and cannot be written off.
Captain Dolmio may have appeared a little bit disappointing last time in finishing 5th, after two great runs previous. John felt was disappointed at the time with the run, but later inspection of the race and the early burn that Captain Dolmio had to do to get the lead, he was prepared to cut him some slack. Another that has been let go in the market today, Capatin Dolmio does look the natural leader in a race that appears to lack a natural frontrunner. He has proved that he can do it from in front, or coming from behind and looks a massive chance in today's race.
The final stable runner in the race and a bit of a forgotten runner from a stable point of view is Alta Orlando (in picture). His two starts back have been very good. Last start, he had to come from last, wobbled around the last bend, loomed up to run in the money at the 100m, before peaking on his run the last bit in finishing 6th. He is a very good horse as he proved last season and today may be the day that we see him take a big step towards November's big two miler.
The only other stable runner today is Onedin Reign that goes around in Race Seven for the juniors. While fresh up, she trialled up nicely last week and in what looks a very even field, she must be a chance, especially if they go hard up front.
Posted: Sun 23 Sep 2018