A cracking night of action for the team at Addington
Christchurch has been basking in the summer heat for some weeks and it is fitting that tonight's Summer Cup meeting has drawn a red hot card of talent. The stable are well represented through a number of the feature races including the Summer Cup and the Summer Trotting Free-For-All.
The Summer Trotting Free-For-All features two of the stables most promising trotters in Sundees Son and Valloria. Sundees Son cops a handy front-line draw, while the very much in-form Valloria needs to overcome a second row barrier.
Sundees Son is fresh up here, his last start was at Addington on Show Day. A couple of breaks late in the piece blemished his chances on both days over cup week. He has trialled up well going into tonight's race and generally races well in the early stages of his campaign. Should he find the top tonight for driver Ross Houghton, he could be the one that they all need to run down.
Valloria has been absolutely stunning in his three starts back this time in. His winning runs have been emphatic and he is a trotter really on the up. It will be a good test for him this evening and from the draw, he will admittedly need a bit of luck. But there is no doubting the class of this horse and leave him out at your peril.
The Summer Cup sees five stable reps go around, taking on the All Stars pair of Ultimate Machete and Funnatthebeach which look the likely favourites
John has opted to drive Henry Hubert (in picture) which has been well served in terms of the barriers, coming out of barrier two. He was impressive at last week's trials beating the top mare Dream About Me. He certainly looks one of the better stable chances.
Alta Maestro was impressive in winning the Amberley Cup last week at Rangiora and has been conistent with his form since November. He has drawn handily enough and with Gav Smith to drive will be given every chance. If he can get a sit and then unleash his big sprint, he may be the one that they all need to watch out for.
Alta Orlando was also good at last week's trials and has proven himself many times against similar opposition. If he is anywhere near his best form tonight he certainly rates a place hope.
Lestpendanitetogetha was the best of the stable runners in the NZ Cup back in November and continues to race well. Matt Anderson combines with him and if the pace has been on, he may be able to run into the money.
The final stable runner is perhaps the most interesting of all, in Franco Cristiano. An incredibly talented horse, his career has been beset by injury setbacks. Tonight's run is his first on racenight for almost two years. To be driven by Gerard O'Reilly, his trial runs have been satisfactory and whatever he does tonight he will certainly improve on.
Nakuru looks one of the best chances in the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Listed Race for the three year old fillies, Race Six.
After a couple of impressive winning runs in the spring, Nakuru headed north for an unsuccessful three starts. She was one of a number of horses that had travelled north that never raced up to their best form. After a short break, she was back at the workouts and in winning form last week.
While Nakuru is drawn wide tonight, she is a horse with a touch of class. On her best form, she looks the obvious threat to the likely favourite in Havtime.
The fillies race will hold an extra bit of interest also with Ross Houghton training and driving Takemybreathaway, a horse that has looked very good in her two starts to date.
The night's other feature is the Group One NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes for the fillies and sees Kotare Cullen take the step up to take on the best mares.
One of the better three year old fillies going around last season, Kotare Cullen has done well as a four year old, with two wins in her five starts. At her last start at Methven she produced a brave run for second having looked the winner at the 100m. She takes on some talented mares tonight with Elle Mac and Dream About Me looking the toughest to roll.
The supporting card tonight starts in Race One with Jay Tee Tyron. He did well in his two starts at Nelson and looks one with plenty of improvement in him. If he can overcome the second line draw, he is a definite place hope.
Three year old trotter You Really Got Me stamped himself as a trotter of some potential with his win at Methven last week. He steps up in company tonight, but has the class to overcome both that and his unruly barrier in Race Three.
Anytime and Tuapeka Trick both look competitive in an even line-up in Race Three.
Anytime led then trailled last time, but lacked a late kick. She is better than that and a definite place chance.
Tuapeka Trick ran a great 4th in the Anytime race and then looked seriously unlucky at Methven on Sunday, locking wheels. He is another place hope with any luck this time.
The night concludes for us with two excellent chances in the last race, Race Ten.
Onedin Reign made an uncharacteristic break last time and never got back into it. On her best form she is an eachway hope here.
Spot On has been in super form the past two months and his run placings behind a good horse in Chiller Bay the last couple. He looks very well placed and deserves to start one of the best supported here.
Posted: Fri 15 Feb 2019