The stable look set to dominate on day one at Nelson

The stable look set to dominate on day one at Nelson

The Nelson/Marlborough circuit is invariably a happy hunting ground for Robert and John and this year looks to be no different. Driving pre-post favourites in most races today, John will be looking to continue a marvellous run over the holiday period.

The day kicks off with a maiden debutante Jay Tee Tyron in Race One. In a field bereft of any real form John thought he had to be regarded as an eachway chance.

"He's a nice maiden, but is inexperienced. He's only had the one trial heading into today and will definitely improve with the outing. With the weaker field here, he may still be good enough to win first up."

The trotter You Really Got Me looked a very nice horse last season as a two year old. He resumes in Race Two after having a decent break since the Harness Jewels back at the start of June.

"He is another one that has only had the one trial to prepare him for today. He missed away on that occasion, but if he does things right today he does look very hard to beat. He is from a breed where they do get better with age, but has come back nicely as a three year old and is in a good head space."

Glenledi Bandit is a newcomer to the stable in Race Three and looks set to start a very warm favourite. 

"This one was sent to us by Mark Smolenski to go around on the circuit. He has been in good form at the trials and does look very hard to beat."

Tuapeka Trick is back from a short, but unsuccessful northern jaunt in Race Six.

"He had really pleased me over cup week and that was why he was sent north to Robert. He must have been crook last time though as his run was just too bad to be true. We brought him home and he seems bright. He has had no trials or workouts since Auckland, but does drop into a very winnable race here. If he reproduces the cup week runs, he should go very close."

Valloria was a winner at Nelson this time last year and resumes in Race Seven.

"He has only had the one quiet run this time in. He will definitely improve with the run, but he still has the ability to go close with the right run today."

Tyron Bettor's Ella (Gavin) and Kotare Cullen (John), both go around in the Nelson Cup prelude, Race Eight.

"Kotare Cullen was very good last time in winning the Motukarara Cup. She did well to hold on after leading all of the way. She deserves to be starting favourite here on that run. Tyron Bettor's Ella is another very good mare and is in career best form. She beat a very nice mare last time at Ashburton. It is her first stand start today, but providing she can cope with that she is also a very good chance in the race."

The day wraps up with Huey Lewis (Blair)  and Feel The Money (John) in the last, Race Nine.

"Huey Lewis has been racing really well for a few weeks now. I am happy with him and he gets a good draw here. Feel The Money, like Tuapeka Trick comes back from an unsuccessful Auckland trip. She went nicely first up there and not so good second up. She raced well over cup week though and does have a bit of class. She alos raced well at this meeting last year. If she is back to her best form, then she is definitely the one to beat."

Posted: Fri 11 Jan 2019