Cracking field for the Flying Stakes at Ashburton
For a number of today's field, the Ashburton Flying Stakes will be their last lead-up race for this year's New Zealand Cup. Diamond Racing stables are represented in the race with three of the ten starters.
Captain Dolmio remains the most favoured of the three Robert Dunn starters for this year's cup and is currently at a $16 quote for the cup. While at first glance, his efforts may appear below his very best form, John remains happy with what he is seeing with the horse out of their Woodend base.
"I think it is best to put a line through the last start."
"He was three back on the inside that night following Ultimate Machete and it turned out to be the worst part of the track with all of the rain."
"The previous start at Oamaru he showed that he was about where we wanted him to be so all that we really want is a genuinely run race as these walk and sprint jobs are not really his go."
To be driven again today by southern reinsman Nathan Williamson, Captain Dolmio will no doubt look to make one of his trademark quick beginnings and put himself in the race from the outset.
Alta Orlando was a mover in the cup market after the Canterbury Classic, after a massive run for third. Each of his runs this preparation have been heading in the right direction, but again, like stablemate Captain Dolmio, he is looking for a more geninely run race.
In the Canterbury Classic Alta Orlando produced some stunning sectionals over the last 800m and 400m, in being beaten just under a length, after conceding leader and eventual winner Dream About Me up to eight lengths at the 800m. He is right at the top of his game, has built a good relationship now with driver Ross Houghton and if they go hard today, he will certainly be right there at the finish.
The third of the cup contenders is the New Brighton Cup winner Letspendanitetogetha. After missing away the first couple of starts of this campaign, he was a longshot winner of that event over a number of today's rivals. Since then he has produced two decent runs in the Hannon and the Classic. Jim Curtin combines with him again today as he will in this year's cup. While again one of the roughies in today's race on the tote, his efforts the last few have him competitive again here and at least a place hope if the race pans out well for him.
This year's Flying Stakes does appear to have a very even look to it though, with John conceding that any of the ten runners could win the race depending on the run of the race. Favouritism looks likely to be disputed between the Purdon/Rasmussen runners Ultimate Machete and Dream About Me, while Star Galleria is another well favoured in the cup markets and is likely to be well supported.
Posted: Mon 22 Oct 2018