Nakuru and Sundees Son return to form at Ashburton

Nakuru and Sundees Son return to form at Ashburton

After looking like an early season star amongst the fillies, Nakuru's form went off during a failed northern campaign. However, a win in a Nevele R fillies heat yesterday over stablemate Kotare Yolande, has her back on track for upcoming autumn features.

Good off the gate yesterday, Nakuru was able to easily hold up off the pole through strongly run first half mile in 58.2. It was stablemate Kotare Yolande that powered to the lead at that point, giving Nakuru a perfect trail over the last half mile.

Kotare Yolande produced a kick as the field turned for home, shrugging off the challenge of the favourite Bubbled Up. Inside the last 200m and it was Nakuru that got her chance for driver Matt Anderson, powering up the passing lane to take the lead at the 50m and going away by a half length over Kotare Yolande in a strongly run 1.55.2 mile.

The runs of both fillies were super efforts. Kotare Yolande was as brave as anything in running second, while Nakuru was strong to the line with her run. Both fillies have booked spots in the final as a result of yesterday's runs.

Sundee's Son was another back in winning form yesterday after a run of outs. Off 40m yesterday and over the 2400m trip, he had to be good to get up. After stepping well, he settled in the last few early, but was off down the back the last time on the back of Lovey Dovey Moment. Having been given the perfect drag into it to be within two lengths of the leaders on turn, Sundees Son was drawn three wide with his run on the turn. Held together by John, he hit the lead at the 50m and eased out to win by a half neck over Lovey Dovey Moment. 

Yesterday's win was Sundees Son's seventh from 28 starts. His stake-earnings are now up and over the $82,000 mark. 

The other notable run yesterday was Tyron Terranova, a game 4th in the Sapling Stakes after leading inside the last 200m. The race was won by favourite Smooth Deal from the Purdon/Rasmussen barn. 

Posted: Sun 24 Feb 2019