You just knew that the weather was going to come right in time for the Motukarara Xmas meeting. A day of up to 30 degrees produced a huge crowd as per normal and they were treated to some fantastic grass track racing. Wins to Anamajor and Kotare Cullen continued a good run of late for the stable.
Anamajor was a short-priced favourite in her race for the maidens and after stepping well and finding the lead early, she was way too good. A two and a half length winner John was happy with the run, but not getting carried away with things.
"She's done a good job, but at this stage I will be keeping her away from some of those better fillies."
There are no set plans for Anamajor for now, but she may be part of a large contingent that John is planning in taking to Nelson in a fortnight.
Kotare Costa also pleased John with his run in another maiden, Race Four. Caught out early from his wide draw, he was obliged to stay parked until well down the backstraight when the three wide train came into play. After getting slightly held up across the top, Kotare Costa made ground resolutely out wide for a very nice 4th placing.
"He can go to Rangiora after that run," said John.
"That was a good run wasn't it."
The day's feature, the Motukarara Cup produced the perfect result for the stable, with a very game Kotare Cullen holding on for the win over the stablemate Zadaka, that had put up a huge run off the 30m. While the margin was being eroded all the way to the line, there was plenty to like about how Kotare Cullen stuck to her task in a strong staying performance. Yesterday's win was the 4th of her 12 start career.
The final stable run on the day was Anytime in Race Ten. Backed into favourite on the tote, she broke in the score up behind the gate, losing all chance.
John who is racking up a lot of miles at present, now heads back to Reefton for their annual meeting today. He drives the stable runner Johnny White in Race Seven, which on current form does look probably his best drive of the day.
Posted: Sun 30 Dec 2018