In form trotters give Colin Hair a strong hand on Cup Day
As an owner it is always a hell of a thrill to have a starter at Addington on Cup Day. But for owner Colin Hair it is double the fun, with Sundees Son looking for a hat-trick this campaign and Woodstone stepping up against the best trotters in the Group One Trotting Free-For-All.
Both trotters raced through the winter out of Robert's Pukekohe base and for Woodstone especially it appeared the making of him as a racehorse, winning four of his last six starts up there. Since coming back in for his current campaign, he has appeared a lot more settled, with poor manners his undoing at times last season.
First up at Addington when driven by Gavin Smith, Woodstone put away a very nice intermediate grade field after having done plenty of work early in the race. Next up he raced the open class trotters at Ashburton, but a bad draw, combined with an early break put paid to his chances. Back at Addington though at his last start, he really signalled that he may be more than a pretender in the open class ranks this season, sitting parked the trip, running to the lead at the 400m and then running away from his opposition headed by Great Things Happen and Hey Yo.
Robert has been very pleased with the progress of the five year old.
"He's definitely stepped up and looks like he's going to be competitive against the good ones."
"It's just a bit of a shame with the draw, as Johnny will probably have to go forward early and see if he can slot in somewhere."
While no definite decision has been made on a start in the Dominion on Show Day, a good run on Cup Day will surely book him his ticket.
Hair's other good trotter is Sundees Son and he has come back in this campaign looking like a trotter that will run through the classes. Always a trotter of immense talent, he was competitive with the best of his age and two and three, but unfortunately in many of the big Group races, it was his manners that let him down.
Now four, Sundees Son has started this campaign with a perfect record. He won eased down at Ashburton on Labour Day and backed up that win with another authoriative performance at Addington last Friday evening. On that occasion he did some work early before leading over the last mile and simply running his rivals ragged.
Sundees Son fronts up against a nice field that includes the promising Winterfell and the very in form southerner Pres The Belle. In his current form though you can be sure that he will be driven positively by John and he looks one of the best prospects for the stable on the big day.
Posted: Thu 08 Nov 2018