Six win weekend for stable
What a cracker of a weekend it was for the stable. After wins at Alexandra Park on Friday - Bonnie Highlander and Aha Reaction, it was even better at Addington yesterday with Franco Niven, Spellbound, Sundees Son and Onedin Reign all delivering.
The day started positively at Addington with Franco Niven finally nailling his maiden win. Drawn a good marble, he was off the gate well in the early stages, quickly finding the lead. Once in front he seemed to settle well for John and with a largely uncontested lead had plenty to offer as he hit the last half mile. A final 800m run in 56.4 and 400m in 28.1, was too much for his rivals as he crusied home a two and a half length winner in 2.25.8 for the 1980m.
Owned by Ian Dobson and Cullen Breeding Franco Niven has always had a bit of a reputation. Bad draws had proved costly in his previous starts, but he looked a horse with a bit of class in yesterday's win.
Franco Niven a classy maiden winner
Next up in the winners circle it was the turn of Sundees Son. Again well away off a long handicap, Sundees Son was sent forward by John coming off the back the first time and was in front with a lap to go. While pestered by Lovey Dovey Moment down the back, he always looked to be travelling nicely and showed some real fight to hold off the trailling runner Il Parata by a length in 3.18.9 for the 2600m stand.
Sundees Son showed once again what a good trotter he is when in the right head space and was recording win eight from just 29 starts for Colin and Nancy Hair.
Sundees Son hung tough to win his trot off 35m
There was no doubting which horse had the biggest following on course yesterday and two year old filly Spellbound did not disappoint her big band of owners.
From a wide draw over the 2000m mobile, Spellbound went forward early. After losing her gait momentarily at the mile peg, she was quickly back into stride, charging to the lead spot at the 1400m. Having travelled well for John once in front, Spellbound started to put real pressure on her opponents coming off the back and at the 400m found a couple of lengths of clear air. Ultimately this proved the winning of the race, as while tiring over the last 100m, she was still much too strong for the opposition, headed by a game Miss Ruby Sunshine.
The post-race celebrations were something to behold and a real testament to the work that Nigel and Brenda Armstrong have done with their Westview syndications.
Spellbound is now a Group winner having taken out the Leonard Memorial
The final winner on the day was Onedin Reign in the last, giving John and the stable four wins for the day.
Owned by the Lane brothers, Onedin Reign had been in a purple patch of form before costly breaks from stand starts at her most recent starts. Back to the mobile yesterday and the only question was whether she would get the required luck from the second line draw.
Onedin Reign had little luck early, ending up six back on the markers in a strung out field. With a decent clip being set up front though the gaps were always set to appear at some point. Able to push off the markers at the 700m John soon had Onedin Reign trucking forward on the three wide train. Four wide with cover turning in. Onedin Reign unleashed her winning run at the 200m, getting the upperhand inside the last 50m to get home by a neck over a very game Sweet Mary.
Onedin Reign was recording win four of her career at just her 16th race start.
Onedin Reign in her 4th win, the first at Addington
There were some other very good stable runs on the day that included:
Henry Hubert - 2nd and Letspendanitetogetha - 3rd in the Cheviot Cup. Henry Hubert put in a massive run after an early break. Letspendanitetogetha was massive off his 35m handicap recording a 3.12 placed time for the 2600m.
Garta - was a nice third after trailling in her race for the fillies and mares.
Henry Hubert 2nd, Letspendanitetogetha 3rd, Cheviot Cup
Posted: Mon 04 Mar 2019