Two Group Three wins and a Group One placing. Not a bad weekend!
It was a ripper of a day at the Northern Southland meeting today with Group Three wins to both Spellbound and Henry Hubert. They followed off the back of an excellent Group One placing by Tiffany Rose at Alexandra Park last night.
Two year old filly Spellbound had done an awesome job for her big syndicates of owners in her first two starts with a couple of dominant wins. Off the back of these wins, she was sent out a dominant favourite on the tote today.
Drawn beautifully in barrier two, John was quick off the gate with the Art Major filly and looked to dominate today's race from the front. She paced well throughout and coming off the back the last time, it was only the debutante Stylish Memphis that had trailled throughout that looked set to offer a challenge. Into the straight and Spellbound was given fullbore and quickly found a length. Through on the passing lane with her run inside the last 150m, Stylish Memphis came hard with her challenge, but came up short by a head.
Now the winner of all three starts, two of these at Group Three level, Spellbound looks one of the better fillies that Robert and John have trained in recent years. Without a doubt, she is the best filly that Westview Syndications have ever owned.
Spellbound wins her second Group Three is six days
In her current run of form, Spellbound looks well on track for the autumn features and a head to head clash with another smart filly in Sweet On Me, the winner of last night's Delightful Lady Classic at Alexandra Park. She is giving her many owners, some of them first time owners a hell of a ride at present.
Four year old Henry Hubert was a certainty beaten in last week's Cheviot Cup after a bad break cost him his chance. He again went away in a gallop today, but settled down in the last few after 50m. Last as the field started the last lap, John unleashed Henry Hubert with his run at the 550m and had swept to the front, out three wide on the turn. After establishing a break of nearly three lengths at the 200m, he then had to dig deep to hold out the fast finishing A G's Whitesocks over the last 50m, but defied that runner by a head at the line.
Owned by Ross and Angela Gordon, Henry Hubert has been a steady improver in the open class ranks this season and looks well on track for next month's Easter Cup, if that is the path that his connections choose to take. Longer term, his fine staying qualities should see him go around in this year's New Zealand Trotting Cup.
Today's win was the sixth for Henry Hubert from just 24 starts and takes his stake-earnings to over $118,000.
Despite an early break, Henry Hubert was too good for A G's Whitesocks in the feature
Our other runner in the cup Alta Maestro, produced a good run for 4th after doing work in the early part of the race.
Valloria went a good race for 4th in the feature trot, another Group Three, won narrowly by Majestic Man over favourite Kings Landing. Stars Tonight was a game second in the last race behind Cast No Shadow. He enjoyed a good run trailling and then three back until the 600m, when he pushed off the rail. Up disputing the lead turning for home, he fought gamely for his second placing behind an impressive Cast No Shadow.
Last night at Alexandra Park, it was another two year old filly Tiffany Rose that produced a fantastic run for second behind Sweet On Me in the Delightful Lady. Well away from her good draw, she led throughout, kicked on the turn and then fought like a tiger for second behind the smart filly Sweet On Me. She gives the stable a strong hand in the fillies ranks.
Posted: Sat 09 Mar 2019