It is Easter Cup and Derby night at Addington
In what is one of the premier meetings of the year, the Easter Cup, NZ Derby and Trotting Stakes are the three big features. The stable are well represented in all three.
In terms of two mile Group Ones, the Easter Cup has been won by many a great horse over the years. This year the stable are represented in the race by four runners - Alta Maestro, Henry Hubert, Alta Orlando and Letspendanitetogetha.
Of the four, it is Henry Hubert (in picture) that has made the biggest strides this season. He was very good beating many of these in last week's lead up. John who will drive again tomorow evening said his only real concern going into the race is the stand start.
"He certainly can't afford to miss away against these ones. If he begins safely then it gives him his chance. He is defintely in career best form presently."
Of the other stable runners in the race, John felt that all were at least place hopes.
"Alta Maestro had a tough run last week and hopefully that hasn't flattened him. He is racing well."
"Letspendanitetogetha has been really consistent the whole season and you would expect that he won't be far again."
"Alta Orlando is another that has been going good races without much luck."
It is the All Stars stable that will line up three runners in the race in Turn It Up, Spankem and NZ Cup winner The Fixer. They look likely to dominate the favourites tags in what looks one of the better Easter Cups in recent years.
Heisenberg and Stars Tonight are the two runners in the NZ Derby for 2019, another race in which All Stars runners Ultimate Sniper and Jesse Duke stand out.
Heisenberg would be better for the first up run according to John, while it could be Stars Tonite that cops the perfect run early on the back of Supreme Dominator. Realistically bothe horses are place hopes here, but the draws are far from ideal.
In the third Group One on the night, it is Sundees Son that will again be looking to cause an upset after an impressive victory last week on the track.
"I think that the key was leading on that occasion," said John.
"We got some really nice sectionals and when I asked him to sprint he did it easily."
Sundees Son is drawn wide tomorrow night and has some experinced open class trotters inside of him including Speeding Spur and Marcoola. While it is a step up in grade you would not dismiss him on last weeks' run.
In terms of the support card, the night kicks off in Race One with Kotare Cullen.
"She looks well placed from the draw, but meets some nice ones. Hopefully she can lob into the money with the right run."
In Race Two, it is the good filly Garta that goes around after a good second in the Sires Stakes heat a fortnight ago.
"She went really good that night and should be hard to beat here as long as the stand start doesn't trip her up."
Race Four and it is Franco Niven and Kotare Yolande's turn. Both horses are in good form and should run a good race.
"From the draw you would have to favour Franco Niven. Kotare Yolande is a good filly though and won't be far away."
Above N Beyond contests the Welcome Stakes, Race Six. Following a nice debut run he is well drawn here and should lob a good spot either in the trail or three back the running. From there he should get his chance to run into the money.
The night rounds out with the fillies Chevron Supreme and Nakuru in the last.
"They have trialled up good, but the draw is a pain. I still expect them to go a good race draws and all."
Posted: Thu 04 Apr 2019