Rowe Cup win a major milestone for stable
The former rebel with one of trotting's biggest motors has well and truly grown up. The ANZAC Cup win at Group One level last week was huge, but for Robert and John, trainer and driver, Sundees Son winning the Rowe Cup this evening was a major milestone in their respective careers as well as signalling that the four year old is now ready to take over the mantle of established stars such as Speeding Spur.
Back to the stand start tonight and having to step from the unruly, Sundees Son navigated safely through the early stages of the race and settled handily enough four back the outer. With 1400m to go, John made his move and just over a lap out had taken the lead in the race. Once he had reached the top, he trotted fluently and as far out as the 600m, he looked the one they all had to beat. His cause was helped somewhat when Massive Metro broke at the 400m, and John made his run for home.
Inside the final 200m and there were challenges inside - Speeding Spur and outside - Majestic Man, but just as was the case last week, Sundees Son had the race well in safe-keeping a long way out.
Talking to Greg O'Connor post-race, John reflected that the win was a career highlight.
"I was just beaten in a New Zealand Cup - Franco Nelson and have now won the trotting equivalent of that, the Rowe Cup," said John.
John was quick to pay credit to the horse, father Robert and breeder and owner Colin Hair.
"Last week was Robert's first Group One win with a trotter and now he has won another one," said John.
"Its a great result for Colin and Nancy too, being the breeders as well as the owners of the horse."
"Colin has spent all his life breeding horses, so it is a great reward for him."
Five months ago at the New Zealand Cup carnival, there was a lot of head-shaking and reflecting on what could have beens, as Sundees Son blew almost certain wins on both Cup and Show Days. But John remarked tonight that he had well and truly repaid connections for those indiscretions.
With the Harness Jewels still to come, victory in that race could now seal the trotter of the year title for Sundees Son, something unthinkable late last year.
The once rebel has now come good and all the time and patience employed in his development must seem so worth it.
Great work team. Enjoy the spoils of victory!
Posted: Fri 03 May 2019