Anamajor set for maiden win
Three year old filly Anamajor is one of the most promising types in the stable at present and footed it with some of the best fillies in the land last season as a two year old. Her second at Addington last Friday behind one of those fillies Kendra, indicated that she is ready to notch up the first win of her career.
An Art Major filly out of Mary Anastasia, Anamajor did all of her early racing out of Robert's Pukekohe barn, before coming south about a month ago. She had always shown that she had a motor and had produced two handy runs at Alexandra Park before coming south. Her debut performance at Addington was a good one considering that she was slow away from the 2000m stand and then copped a check at the 800m, at a point when the pace started to be upped. She did very well to run into second, albeit over four lengths behind the very impressive Kendra.
Today's field does look to be a major dropback in class and it does appear that only a major mistake early will see her beaten. The threats if there are any would appear to be Short and Sweet on debut and Woodlea Explorer, a a nice third on debut.
Kotare Costa was another on debut last Friday at Addington and really pleased John with it's run. He goes around today in Race Four.
"He went really good I thought."
"We got caught out a bit early and then had to press on before I was able to slot in about a lap out."
"He was flat chasing down the back, but then got home well to be finishing right in behind them. He should get one pretty soon."
Kotare Costa again cops a wide draw today which will present some issues to the in-form driver, but if he is able to get a tow into it at the right time then he shouldn't be far away.
It looks an even line-up today with Bettor Getta Lover and Georgias Baron, both from the frontline the two to beat.
The good filly from last season in Kotare Cullen will step out in today's Banks Peninsula Cup which is Race Eight. In her first start for the season at Addington, which also doubled as her first stand start, she bobbled away early on, settling second last and well off the pace. Driven for one run at them after the early mistake, it was what she did later in the race that really impressed John.
"She had got a bit keen in the running but always travelled well."
"I liked how she was really strong at the line and she gave me some real confidence with what she has ahead."
In today's cup which is a capacity 17 horse field over the 2810m, manners will again be the key. She starts off the 10m and off the unruly. A quality mare, she is one of a host of chances in the race, with Samskara, Kardesler, All About Henry and stablemate Zadaka all hard to beat.
Zadaka is the co-backmarker in today's cup with Bailey's Knight off the 30m mark. To be driven by Bob Butt, he is a class horse, but will have his work cut out. If they go hard and there are lots of moves, he could definitely run into the placings at odds.
The final stable runner today is Anytime in Race Ten. Anytime was a very good third first up at Addington and then broke when being restrained last time at Ashburton. It does look a drop in class for her today. Added to this as further factors in her favour are that John will drive today, she is well drawn and has won her only grass track race. If today is the right time for Anytime, she does look another of the main stable hopes for the day.
John continued with a strong run in the cart yesterday at Westport and with a further two wins with Monaro Maro and Bush Man, takes to eight his wins over the holiday period.
Posted: Sat 29 Dec 2018