Good team travels South for Northern Southland Cup Day
It is a big day in the deep South with the Northern Southland Cup the day's feature. We are represented by the in-form Henry Hubert and Alta Maestro. The exciting Spellbound looks to make it three from three in the Alabar Fillies Classic.
This year's Northern Southland Cup has drawn a small, but very good field, befitting it's status as a Group Three race. Both of our runners are great chances from the 10m handicap.
Henry Hubert produced a massive run in last week's Cheviot Cup. He did a big stretch of ground early, looped the field to lead with a lap to go and was only defied late by Sheriff which had enjoyed a great run on his back. The key for him today will be the start, but should he begin safely, he must be one of the toughest to beat. He is a horse with a big future.
Alta Maestro has produced a string of good runs this campaign. He is a very settled horse these days and his biggest asset remains his high speed that he can unleash if he gets the right run. His too was a good run in the Cheviot Cup and the way he has been stepping, he should get a good spot early. With the country's top driver Blair Orange to drive, he must be at least a place hope here.
There are a number of chances in the race with A G's Whitesocks and Funatthebeach the toughest to beat based on their form this season.
Spellbound looks to continue her dream start to her career in Race Five. In last Sunday's Leonard Memorial, she was simply to good for her opponents and from a good draw here today, she should start the shortest of favourites. On exposed form, Miss Ruby Sunshine and Total Diva look the toughest to beat, while the debutante Stylish Memphis has trialled up well ahead of today.
Valloria is one of the more progressive trotters going around and was a good 4th at Addington last Sunday. He meets a very even field in the Group Three for the trotters, Race Six. Generally well mannered, Valloria starts off the 10m today and can make light work of his handicap early. Poviding he can secure a safe passage, he is at least a place hope. Kings Landing from the Purdon/Rasmussen barn looks set to start a short-priced favourite.
The final runner for the day is Stars Tonight in Race Eleven. He was first up from the same draw at Addington last week and put in a solid run for 6th. If he can hold up reasonably well early on he should end up at worst three back the rails. Providing they run along at a decent clip, he must be a chance of finishing over the top of them.
Posted: Sat 09 Mar 2019