Alta Maetro chasing the Easter Bunny at Addington
There are some good fields are Addington this afternoon, with the Easter Bunny handicap for the fast class pacers one of the highlights. We have 14 runners that will represent the stable over a long afternoon of racing.
The day's feature in terms of the faster class pacers, the Easter Bunny, is a handicap over the 2600m and is a match up of the All Stars runners - four versus the Diamond Racing runners three. We are represented in the race by Alta Maestro, Letspendanitetogetha and Alta Orlando.
Of the three runners, clearly on current form Alta Maestro gets the nod. He is generally very good from the stand start and is off the front-line here. His run last time in the Easter Cup was super. On that occasion he was second last and a mile off them at the 400m, before steaming home out wide for a close up 8th. It was a very good run.
Letspendanitetogetha and Alta Orlando are both down on their best form presently, but have showed on occasions that they have the class to match it with any here. They are both place hopes on their best form.
Of the All Stars runners, it is hard to single out their best chance, but Ashley Locaz on his form this year, is probably the best placed of the four.
The day starts with a Sires Stakes heat in Race One. Here we are represented by Above N Beyond. Just the veteran of two starts, he really impressed last time on the track in the Welcome Stakes, when he was late finding clear room. If he can back that form up today, then he is clearly the biggest threat to the hot favourite Smooth Deal.
Chevron Supreme contests a very competitive looking Nevele R fillies heat in Race Three. She led and knocked up late on this track at her last outing. She is a smart filly, but the draw has done her no favours today. Place prosects are probably best with Princess Tiffany for the All Stars the standout runner.
I'm Tough is on debut in Race Five, in what appears a very open maiden field. Drawn perfectly in barrier one, he has had a solid grounding at trials and workouts leading into today's race. In the most recent of these, he suggested that a big run today is on the cards. He looks a good eachway hope.
Kotare Cullen and Onedin Reign are a pair of very capable runners in Race Six for the mares. They both look well placed for big performances. Onedin Reign is looking for a hat-trick of wins here and gets the slight nod over the stablemate. Sociable may be the toughest for our pair to beat.
Valloria has been a consistent runner of late and looks competitive in a small, but even field in Race Seven.
One Majic Kenny has done a good job to date and looks a chance in the Two Year Old Trotting Stakes, Race Nine. The draw does make things somewhat problematic, but with a peak run, he won't be far away. He is a least a place chance.
Pro Surfer has been steadily running back into form and may get his best chance in Race Ten. Drawn barrier one, he is drawn to get an economic run and should be a place chance at least from there.
The final race for the day Race Eleven, has the three stable runners - Franco Niven, Anamajor and Nakuru. After a super run in last weekend's Kotare Downs at Rangiora, Franco Niven looks a great chance here, especially from the inside barrier. John will have options as to whether to lead of take a sit. Either way, he is the one they all have to beat.
Anamajor and Nakuru are Nevele R heat winners in their last couple of starts, so are also endowed with a lot of ability. Both are good chances in the race, particularly if anything went awry with the favourite early.
Posted: Sat 20 Apr 2019