Woodstone looking to get campaign back on track. Smart three year old returns.
Open class trotter Woodstone looks to get his Dominion Handicap campaign back on track tonight at Addington. After a few injury concerns following a long layoff, he is back and injury free in tonight's Airpark Canterbury Trot, but will have to overcome a tough 40m handicap.
Going back ten months ago, and he ran the closest of seconds behind Speeding Spur in the New Zealand Trotting Free-For-All on Cup Day showing that he had what he needed to make it at the highest level. However, a break in the Dominion three days later proved costly and he never took any part. Things would only get worse however, a hock injury then ruling him out of the big Auckland features and in fact the rest of the season.
Woodstone resumed at Addington a fortnight ago behind the mobile, but an early break again cost him his chance. While tonight's race is a big dropback in company from racing the likes of Sundees Son, it was the 40m that concerned John the most.
"He is definitely a winning chance, but it will take a big effort from back there."
"It is basically four seconds that you are conceding the frontmarkers and if they step and run that makes it that wee bit more difficult again."
It is one of those frontmarkers, the stablemate The Player, that could contribute to making that task a hard one. The winner of two of his three starts since joining the Woodend stable, The Player has shown good manners in all of those three starts.
"He's going well, but you just don't know how they measure up until they are put in that situation."
Both runners will be well supported on the tote and are great eachway chances.
The night starts off for us with the very consistent Manly Olsen in Race One. John has been really happy with his runs to date, but is concerned about the draw.
"There is a fair bit of speed out wide on the frontline, so potentially we could get buried."
"I'll just have to play it by air and see how we go."
We have the three stable runners going around in Race Eight. In what looks to be the most even contest of the night, there are no end of chances.
Above N Beyond was arguably the stable's best two year old last season and returned to the trials last week. John was happy with the run, but thought that there may be one or two more forward than him this evening.
"It was his first run back and he went well, but he should take plenty of improvement out of tonight."
Probably drawn the best of the stable runners is debutante winner Tyrons' Bit Of A Lemon. To be driven by Gavin Smith this evening he should have taken a lot out of his first up win.
Somekindawonderful was another good winner on debut at Ashburton. If he can overcome a difficult frontline draw, he can be a factor tonight also, for Simon Smith.
The final runner for the evening is Hayden's Meddle in Race Nine. Really good in running third second up, he disappointed John last week.
"He did have a bit of a tough run, but I thought that he would have gone better all the same."
"His work has been good though so we will press on. It's a nice field all the same."
Posted: Fri 27 Sep 2019