Group Three features highlight Addington card

Group Three features highlight Addington card

It is Group Three night at Addington, with the Ordeal Cup for the trotters and the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup for the pacers. We are well represented in both events by Sundees Son, Woodstone, and Classie Brigade (in picture).

The Ordeal Trotting Cup is the first of the features, Race Five. Such was the dominance of Sundees Son over many of these last week, that he is set to start a dominating favourite on the tote. This race was always his immediate short-term target and you can expect that he will have derived plenty of benefit out of last week's lead-up. The draw could be slightly problematic, but you can expect that John will drive him like the best horse in the race and have him near the action when he needs to be.

The stablemate Woodstone was a real revelation last season and certainly looked ready to take the step up to the better class. He had a slight setback last week that saw him miss the lead-up, but had pleased Johnny in his preparation up to that point. He is well drawn and Bob Butt will take the reins this evening. He is a definite place hope if anywhere near his best.

Other chances in the race include champion trotter Monbet, Enghien and Habibi Inta.

The night's other feature is the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup, Race Seven. Classie Brigade was too good in a srint home first up and any improvement from that race should see him more than competitive with the All Stars runners. He will appreciate a more genuine pace than his race two weeks ago and is an eachway hope if things went his way.

It is hard to write off any runners in this race, but you would expect Spankem one of the finds of last season to be as tough as any to beat.

The programme for us starts in Race One with Manly Olsen. He has been a model of consistency in his starts to date and is again well drawn. He is a must for all trifecta and first four tickets and his maiden win is surely just around the corner.

Awesome Speed goes around in Race Two. She has had little in the way of luck her last two starts. Tonight she cops a much better draw and with natural improvement, she is a definite eachway hope. 

Hayden's Meddle contests what looks to be a very even field in Race Six. He is second up here after a wee break. He will improve with the run, but must be attributed at least a place hope. 

Posted: Fri 13 Sep 2019

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