Group and listed racing features at Addington
It is another cracker night of racing at Addington with the New Zealand Oaks for the three year old fillies and Sires Stakes finals the highlight of the card. The stable is well represented through the night.
The first of the features is the Sires Stakes for the colts and geldings, Race Five. Above N Beyond has shown that he can match it with the best of his age, but has a difficult second line draw to overcome on this occasion. He will need that bit of luck early in the race, but if it came his way, he can definitely be in the money. In a very even race, it is likely to be the All Stars runners Smooth Deal and One Change that dominate on the tote.
The Yearling Sales two year old final is Race Seven. We have two serious chances in the race in Tiffany Rose and Spellbound (in photo). Both fillies have shown that they have the ability to foot it with the best of their age already this season. In the case of Spellbound she takes an unbeaten record into tonight's race.
From the draws tonight it is possibly Tiffany Rose, to be driven by Blair Orange that may end up with a nice sit early. She is ultra-consistent and fights hard in her races. Spellbound has copped a wide draw, but is a class act. She also has gatespeed to negate her poor barrier early on. She gives her huge band of Westview owners a very live chance in the race. We wish the connections of both fillies the very best of luck.
The other big feature on the night is the New Zealand Oaks for the three year old fillies. It is Nakuru that will wear the stable colours. However, she is again hamstrung by a bad draw and will need all sorts of luck to feature.
John combines with Pressed For Time for his cousin Tom Bagrie. A late season bloomer, she must be accorded some chance tonight from a favourable draw.
This year's oaks is likely to be dominated by the big three of Princess Tiffany, Kayla Marie and Belle Of Montana. They fought out last week's Nevele R final and look the obvious threats again.
The night kicks off for Diamond Racing in Race One, a Listed Race for the three year old trotters. You Really Got Me is fresh up here, but has had a couple of trial runs to fit him for tonight. If his manners are there this evening, he is capable of giving this race a good shake.
Heisenberg and Kotare Cullen are our runners in Race Two. At their last starts, Kotare Cullen produced a much improved run for fifth, while Heisenberg, after getting held up down the back flew home for third place. They both have the ability to figure here, but it is Heisenberg that looks sure to take a power of beating from a good barrier.
Pro Surfer draws a good marble in Race Three and combines with Tim Williams this evening. If he can reproduce a good run from two starts ago, he is a definite eachway hope here.
The two year old trotters go around in Race Six, a Group Two race over the 1980m. One Majic Kenny and Yuri are our two runners. One Majic Kenny has been massive in his last two starts. The second line complicates things for him here, but if he trots all the way, he should get a slice of this. Yuri is a debutante and picks a tough race to step out in. A good qualifier, anything that he does tonight he will certainly improve upon.
Valloria takes on a good field of trotters in Race Nine. He was super last week after getting a perfect run for John. This field doesn't look a big step up in class and he must rate an eachway hope again.
Franco Niven and Spot On contest the Sires Stakes Sophomore Classic in Race Ten. This is a super field, but both horses will be competitive. Franco Niven is probably the better chance tonight from the draw.
The impressive I'm Tough goes around in Race Elevn. He could not have been more impressive in his two starts to date. While drawn a little bit wide here, he has the ability to do work and still figure. He is a great eachway chance to finish the night.
Posted: Fri 17 May 2019