Spellbound sure to attract a lot of interest on debut

Spellbound sure to attract a lot of interest on debut

Spellbound is the newcomer in terms of the Westview syndications and makes her much anticipated debut at Addington tomorrow evening in Race Three. She looks sure to start a warm favourite based on an impressive resume of trials and workouts victories.

An Art Major filly, Spellbound is half sister to three race winners Missinmemate and Bettor Be Gold. She has had four runs at trials and workouts, for four impressive victories.

Spellbound meets a handy field of fillies, that include Gemma Mac, a 1.55 mile winner at Wyndham at her last start and stablemate Need You Now, an impressive trial winner at Ashburton last week. However, the biggest barrier to overcome tomorrow evening may well be the barrier draw, with Spellbound having drawn one on the second line.

One thing that is certain is that there will be a big cast of Westview members on track tomorrow evening to hopefully cheer home their pride and joy at the front of the class.

Need You Now, to be driven by Ross, also looks a filly of real class. A half sister to both Billy Badger and Stars Tonight, she has a fair bit going for her in terms of breeding. Drawn wide on the frontline, she too will need a bit of luck, but does have the ability to feature. 

The night for the stable starts in Race One, where John will combine with Feel The Money and Ross with a stable newcomer in Magical Miss that is having it's first start in the south.

Feel The Money has been working her way back to her best form and has appreciated racing at Addington in the past. She is drawn slightly wide in barrier six, but likes the 1980m trip. On her best form, she would be very hard to beat. 

Magical Miss is a bit of an unknown first up, but is drawn well enough in barrier four. She looks a place hope from there on her past runs.

Franco Niven looked somewhat of a tragedy beaten first up at Rangiora and will go out at cramped odds, even from a poor barrier in Race Five. He is a quality three year old and if John is able to secure the right run for him, he will take a power of beating.

One Majic Kenny in Race Six is impeccably bred and looked super when winning at last week's Ashburton trials. On that occasion he flew the gate and never gave his oppoition a look in. Race night is always a different proposition though and as a two year old, he is far from the finished product. That said, he is a definite eachway hope in the small field.

Franco Cristiano continues his comback in Race Seven. While he is drawn the widest, he will no doubt appreciate a big dropback in company. If anywhere near his previous best, he would rate as at least a place hope.

On another note, well done to Nigel and Brenda Armstrong who are donating 5% of stakes won over the weekend by Westview horses to Peter Davis and Margo Nyhan, who look to recover from their horrendous crash a couple of weeks ago.  

Posted: Thu 21 Feb 2019