Sundees Son extends winning run
Star trotter Sundees Son extended his recent run of wins to five, after another emphatic win at Addington last evening. This time, in the Group Three Anthony Shearer Ordeal Trotting Cup, he was able to bide his time, before coming with his run at the 600m, eventually going away to win by four and a half lengths.
In what turned out to be more of a staying test on this occasion, Johnny turned the bad draw into a positive for his drive, sitting back as others set the strong tempo up front. A 1.13 lead time always meant that the leaders would be vulnerable to the swoopers from the back. When John asked the Majestic Son five year old to go down the back, he picked them up with ease. When let down turning for home, he simply careered away for the easiest of victories, the 14th of his 37 start career.
Following well documented indiscretions during his two and three year old seasons, it is super to see this more mature and happy horse fulfilling all the promise that he has always possessed. For owners Colin and Nancy Hair, it must have seemed a rocky road at times, but for now, the skys the limit for their budding superstar.
Disappointingly, the Hairs other runner in the race Woodstone broke early and tailed out.
Sundees Son deals to a good field in the Ordeal Cup
The night's other Group Three feature was the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup in which we were represented by Classie Brigade. Unfortunately on this occasion, he got things all wrong early, never taking any part. The race was won narrowly but well by Chase Auckland courstey of a very confident Tim Williams drive. In an important sidenote to this race, Classie Brigade represented Robert's 10,000th New Zealand runner as a trainer on his own account.
Our other Addington runners were:
Manly Olsen - A battling 4th behind Acqua Sancta after being taken on in the lead.
Awesome Speed - A close-up 4th after getting caught up by tiring runners from the 400m.
Hayden's Meddle - A strong third after getting well back in the running.
Meanwhile up in Auckland, there were some good performances also, with Mighty Looee the most notable of these in Race Five. The Sweet Lou three year old gelding was impressive winning his second race from just four lifetime starts for owner Robyn Hellaby.
A conspicuous last after the early rush for positions, he was at least 12 lengths off the leader at the 1000m. Still back second last at the 500m and spotting the leaders five lengths, driver Peter Ferguson never looked flustered. When drawn out with his run, six and seven wide turning in, he came right over the top of them, a win stamped with a fair bit of class, in 1.54 for the mile.
Mighty Looee goes back to back at Alexandra Park
There were some good runs from other Alexandra Park runners too:
Race Three - Resonate - second and Kapai 5th.
Race Eight - Megastar - second
So all in all another good night for the team with the two wins. Robert leads the trainers premiership by one over the Dalgety/Purdon barn, with 12 wins from just 39 starters. John sits third in the drivers premiership, five adrift of leaders Matt Anderson and Blair Orange.
Posted: Sat 14 Sep 2019