Breeding to the fore in pair of stylish victories

Breeding to the fore in pair of stylish victories

Kabet - six wins  and Cullen's Mercy - five wins, were nice mares that were trained by Robert. Yesterday at Addington the first progency from each to reach the racetrack, delivered their maiden victory which in the case of Above N Beyond also doubled as a Sires Stakes heat win. Both look to have a bright future.

According to the tote and the form pundits, Above N Beyond was running for second only in his Sires Stakes heat, with the All Stars runner Smooth Deal the dominant favourite. However, within the first 100m after the start, all of that was to change when Above N Beyond took an early lead and Smooth Deal broke, losing all chance.

A soft lead time to the mile peg, meant that Above N Beyond was always travelling a treat in front and as the field hit the last half mile on the back of a 63 second first half mile, it was evident a long way out he would be terribly hard to roll. With a comfortable quarter off the back, Above N Beyond was able to run home in 26.4 seconds for his last quarter, with only the parked horse William Wallace, able to go with him, brave in defeat, one and a half lengths behind at the line.

An Art Major gelding, Above N Beyond is owned by Ross and Angela Gordon, completing a good week for them, following the win of Heisenberg in the Kotare Downs at Rangiora last Sunday. He will now progress forward to the Sales Series pace at Addington on 3 May.

I'm Tough is a Bettor's Delight three year old gelding and showed with his win in Race Five that he will be a horse to follow. I'm Tough had always shown ability, even as a two year old, but according to John time was always going to be his friend.

"He had the talent as a two year old, but he was just too weak, so he was put aside."

"He's a very nice horse. Not many of them run a 1.56 mile rate on debut."

Good out of the gate yesterday, I'm Tough relinquished the early lead to Diamond Edition, before coming out and around that runner at the 1300m to lead. Always travelling well once there, I'm Tough broke the resolve of most coming off the back in a 28.6 quarter and ran away from those left in the fight with a 28.5 final quarter, going away a four and a half length winner at the line.

I'm Tough is owned by his breeder Ray Reekie as well as the I'm Tough syndicate. The win was some welcome good luck tonic for Ray after a mishap recently.

The feature for the fast class pacers was the Easter Bunny, won by Ashley Locaz. The best backed of our runners Alta Maestro, broke early settling well back, while Letspendanitetogetha did also losing his chance altogether. Alta Orlando off the backmark did the opposite, gaining an early lead, before trailling three back the trip.

Alta Maestro bravely made a three wide run off the back the last time to loom up three wide before being beaten four lengths, while Alta Orlando looked a shade unlucky beaten just under two lengths in tight quarters at the line. Ashley Locaz was a frontrunning winner over his stablemate Funatthebeach.

The day's big feature was the Two Year Old Trotting Stakes where One Majic Kenny put in a massive run for second after racing parked the last 1000m.

Drawn the second line, John made his move on the back of second favourite Ultimate Stride at the 1400m. He then raced in the parked spot as that runner assumed the lead from the 1100m. Not content to just sit there, John piled on the pressure from the 800m, having the better of him from the 400m. After taking a clear lead turning in, One Majic Kenny was as brave as anything to the line, only being bettered by the favourite Muscle Mountain and Ben Hope that had the cold shot at him.

"He's gone massive that horse," said John.

"He just keeps stepping up. That was a big run today."

Of our other runners on the day:

Chevron Supreme - last, after early break.

Onedin Reign - a brave second after making big run off the back

Kotare Cullen - 7th after early break

Valloria - 6th after having to work to get the early lead

Pro Surfer - 9th, after having got well back early

Nakuru - 3rd, Anamajor - 4th, Franco Niven - 7th, after early break

Posted: Sun 21 Apr 2019

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