Auckland news - Woodstone out. Improved run expected from Westview pair

Auckland news - Woodstone out. Improved run expected from Westview pair

Woodstone would have to be the most improved open class trotter going around and after a successful Auckland campaign through the winter, big hopes were held for him for the features upcoming including tomorrow evening's Lyell Creek Stakes. However, he has gone amiss with a trip to Matamata to determine the nature of his injury.

"It appears to be a hock related problem," said John. 

"But we will know more after he gets checked over."

"It's a real shame beacuse he had been working well, but that's way it goes."

John was a lot more optimistic in terms of the stable runners that will go around tomorrow night.

Feel The Money (in photo) is first up in Race Five. While a handy third last week, John was disappointed with the run.

"She was entitled to go better than what she did I thought. But in saying that the two that did beat her have a bit of a reputation."

From a wide draw this week she will either need to work hard early or bide her time before coming with a mid-race challenge. If she can run up to her Show Day form when second behind Mossdale Rose, she would certainly be more than competitive here.

Three year old Heisenberg was very good first up last week, just being pipped on the line by Jesse Duke. He meets that runner and some other nice types in Race Eight.

"He was just beaten by a better one on the night," reflected John.

He is expected to be improved with the run, but the wide draw over the 2200m will make for an interesting call for John as to whether to go forward or to pull back and try for luck. He is a quality colt, can do work and is definitely a place hope in what is a nice field.

The final Auckland runner is Tuapeka Trick in Race Nine. He never got a go last week after drawing the second row.

"I've actually put him in a tougher grade this week," said John.

"The upshot of that is that he gets a nice barrier to work with and won't have to do any work."

"Hopefully he can get a piece of it this week."

Posted: Thu 13 Dec 2018