Winless day, but Classie Brigade much improved in Hannon
While there were no wins for our three stable reps today at Oamaru, all three performed well, with Classie Brigade a very good second in the Hannon Memorial, running early New Zealand Cup favourite Spankem to one and a quarter lengths.
Unlike his previous start in the Avon City Ford New Brighton Cup, Classie Brigade stepped like a toff today, dictating the early terms. After a brief tussle for the front at the 1800m, John was happy to let favourite Spankem slide to the front, occupying the trail thereafter.
Off the back the last time and if there anything in the race likely to trouble Spankem, it was clearly Classie Brigade. While he took ground out of the frontrunner over the concluding stages, with the last 800m in 53.3 and 400m in 26.4, it was a forlorn task. Still, with the manner in which he stuck to his task, it is encouraging sign, with November's big two mile test at Addington looming large.
Valloria resumed from a spell earlier in the day and also produced an encouraging run for third behind the Purdon/Rasmussen pair of Oscar Bonavena and Winterfell. Manners were the key as Valloria stepped beautifully from his 10m handicap to lead after 100m, before trailling hotpot Oscar Bonavena. While that runner was much too good after leading throughout, Valloria battled well for third, three lengths behind the favoured pair. He will clearly improve with the run.
Our final runner today was Wyatt Waller in Race Eight. A three year old Bettor's Delight gelding out of the good racemare Surfin Swift, Wyatt Waller was able to cross to the lead early, before having the trail, albeit several lengths in arrears of Lather throughout. Still three lengths adrift of that runner at the 400m, Johnny started to get serious heading for home and inside the 100m he powered to the lead with what looked like a winning run. In the shadows of the post though, it was the $1.30 favourite Italian Lad that came with a barnstorming run to get up on the line by half a length in a smart 2.24.2 for the 2000m. A winning turn for Wyatt Waller looks close at hand.
Posted: Sun 22 Sep 2019