Day One Nelson Review
It was a successful first day of the Nelson Summer meet with three wins and a number of placings. Valloria, Kotare Cullen and Huey Lewis were all impressive winners.
The early part of the day saw a number of short priced favourites go around, but it was not until Race Seven that the first success was registered. This came in the shape of the now four year old Valloria.
Successful over the Nelson two day meet last year, Valloria then went on to victory in the three year old Hambletonian at Ashburton. He finished the season with three wins from just ten starts.
Valloria resumed yesterday with the benefit of just the one trial. Safely away from his 10m handicap he raced in the rearward group throughout. Saved for the one run at them by John, he initially angled wide with his run, before angling back underneath them as they turned in. Having saved a huge slice of ground, Valloria really charged at them over the last 100m, getting his head in front of a game Scarlett Banner just before the line in an impressive effort.
Valloria will miss day two at Nelson and will instead start next weekend in Blenheim.
Kotare Cullen had been an impressive pacemaking winner of the Motukarara Cup at her last start, but like Valloria, was saved for one shot at them this time, in the Nelson Cup prelude. Turning in she appeared to be travelling a treat, following the stablemate Tyron Bettor's Ella. She closed too well over the concluding stages for that mare and went on for a comfortable one length victory in smart 3.00.3 for the 2400m stand. She looks a ready made favourite in tomorrow's cup, in which Tyron Bettor's Ella will have the benefit of a 10m headstart.
The final winner for the day was the pacemaking Huey Lewis in the last for Blair Orange. Able to hold up early from his inside draw, Huey Lewis led throughout, setting comfortable terms. Coming off the back he appeared to travel as well as any and able to run home in his last 800m 57.5 and his last 400m 28.9, he held too well for the late finishing stablemate and favourite, Feel The Money. Huey Lewis was registering his third win from 13 starts and has really come solid of late. Feel The Money looked one that should benefit considerably with her run.
Of the other runners yesterday:
Jay Tee Tyon - was a nice third in the first. He fought hard to be beaten narrowly after doing some work early.
You Really Got Me - stepped but then broke early losing considerable ground. He worked back into it before breaking late in the race. His was a big run.
Glenledi Bandit - was narrowly beaten in Race Three. He had to do some work early to lead and was only gunned down late by the trailling runner.
Tuapeka Trick - made a big run down the back to get to the breeze. Hit the lead on the turn and was only denied late by Dadndave which had come off his back. This was an encouraging run.
Posted: Sat 12 Jan 2019