Spellbound chases Group Three. Big representation in cup
It is a great Canterbury day and there should be a decent sized crowd this afternoon at Addington, for the annual Cheviot Cup meet. The cup features four stable runners, but it is the filly Spellbound and her big band of owners which may attract the most interest on the day.
There has been a lot written about Spellbound already and her debut was much anticipated last week. She did not let her huge band of supporters down with a fantastic win after having to sit parked. She backs up nine days later in today's Leonard Memorial, a Group Three over the 2000m.
While on exposed form to date, Spellbound does look the standout runner in the race, she may again have to do it tough as she has come up with a dud draw, drawn the outside of the mobile gate. Class looks sure to take her a long way though and for Nigel Armstrong, the man behind the Westview syndicates, it would be extremely satisfying to lock away a Group Three win at such an early stage of her career.
The race after the Leonard Memorial is the Cheviot Cup. These days run over the 2600m, it is a small field, but has a touch of class to it with the likes of last sesson's derby winner Sheriff to go around. From a stable point of view, we are well represented with Alta Maestro, Henry Hubert, Letspendanitetogeta and Alta Orlando all looking good chances.
From a handicapping point of view, it may be the four year olds Alta Maestro and Henry Hubert that are the best placed in the cup. Both start off 20m. Alta Maestro led last time at Addington in the Summer Cup and fought on for 6th. He is much better these days with a sit and if the race worked out for him, he will finish with real purpose. Henry Hubert looked a tad unlucky in the Summer Cup. His run for third was a good and he should have taken plenty of benefit out of that run.
The backmarkers Letspendanitetogetha and Alta Orlando are not out of it from the 35m, but certainly need a few things to go their way. Letspendanitetogetha was super coming from last in the Summer Cup to get up and win.
Our day starts in Race Two. Franco Niven still looks to register that maiden win. He did his cause no help at all last week when breaking early. He is much better drawn here and will get his chance for John. He is a very good eachway hope.
Garta meets a handy looking field of fillies and mares in Race Four. She was superb winning fresh up and any improvement following that run has her as one of the toughest to beat again.
Sundees Son was back winning last week off a long handicap, something he again has to do in Race Five today. Last week at Ashburton, he was driven quietly by John, got a nice drag into it down the back and finished much too good for his opposition. From the 35m today, it may be much the same tactics that are employed. He has a class edge on them and just requires a little bit of luck to figure.
Valloria is a very nice trotter, but takes on some top free-for-all trotters in Race Nine, including Monbet which is resuming from a very long spell. He is good enough to get a slice of this if he gets the right sort of run.
The day closes out with Onedin Reign and Jay Tee Tyron in the last. Jay Tee Tyron has been honest and draws well, while Onedin Reign should appreciate getting back to the mobile here. Both are at least place chances with the right run.
Posted: Sun 03 Mar 2019