Kotare Costa looking for maiden win at Rangiora
After two very good runs to open his career, Kotare Costa looks very well placed for his maiden win at Rangiora this afternoon. Well drawn and in just a seven horse field, he will certainly get his chance to open his account.
A three year old gelding out of Kotare Yassi, Kotare Costa has started in strong fields in his first two starts. On both occasions, he has drawn poorly and has been been obliged to do work after going forward. In the second of these at Motukarara on Saturday he was parked for a large part of the race before getting cover from the 800m. He was then held up for a time coming acoss the top, before finishing off strongly out wide for a very good 4th placing.
John will have options today as to whether to go forward again, or to slot in somewhere and take his chance later in the race. On a track that does favour frontrunners though, John will certainly put in him the race at some point.
In a field bereft of a lot of form, it is the Kevin Chapman runner Glenthorne that does look the hardest to beat.
In the race following Kotare Costa's, Race Seven, we have the two stable runners to go around in Spot On and Onedin Reign. Both horses were last start winners and importantly in the case of Onedin Reign, her's was on the Rangiora grass track a couple of weeks ago.
Spot On has drawn well in barrier one and has shown gatespeed in the past. She looks likely to lob very handy early and in turn, Onedin Reign should also get a nice run through on his back. They should both get their chance.
Today's field is a strong one though, with Kardesler and Samskara, both dropping back from the Motukarara Cup the toughest to beat.
With another win yesterday with Arma Indie, John still leads the hot holiday drivers, but has Matty Williamson chasing hard just two wins behind and with four days to go in that contest.
Posted: Thu 03 Jan 2019