Woodstone back tonight at Addington
As a four year old, Woodstone certainly found his feet towards the tailend of his winter campaign in the North Island, winning four of his last six starts. He is back starting his Spring campaign as a five year old and looking for a place in this year's Dominion Handicap on Show Day.
There had never been any doubting the ability of Woodstone before he headed to the North Island in the Autumn. However, too often inconsistency, caused by poor manners had marred his record. Now the winner of seven of just 20 race starts, John is excited about the prospects of the Colin Hair gelding through the spring.
"He had always been a nice trotter, but he really came to it up North," said John.
"He has to step up now obviously, but I have been really pleased with his progress since he has come back in."
"The trial run last week would have done him the world of good, but he will still take plenty of benefit out of tonight's run."
Safely through tonight's outing, Woodstone will look towards Ashburton at Labour Weekend as his next possible outing.
Tonight Woodstone meets a really nice field that includes one of the brighter prospects coming through the trotting ranks in Winterfell, while the Craig and Aimee Edmonds trained Muscles Galore is in career best form and another making his way swiftly through the classes.
There are two other stable runners engaged this evening in Hayden's Meddle in Race Six and Pro Surfer in Race Nine.
Hayden's Meddle is just the horse that everyone would love to own. Every time he goes out onto the track, he is sure to deliver his usual honest run. Last week he was let go by backers and ran a close up second behind the smart Turn It Up. Tonight, he has been let go again by the bookies and is on the 4th line of betting at an attractive $11 quote. He is definitely an eachway shot again.
Pro Surfer was backed off the board last week and has been again tonight in the last race.
"It was his first time in and around horses last week," said John.
"He probably just panicked a bit and jumped out of his gear."
"If anything the draw tonight probably won't hurt, but it is always tough from wide on the second line over the sprint trip all the same. That said, we are expecting a big run."
Posted: Thu 11 Oct 2018