John cautious when assessing Flying Mile chances
Sundees Son is one of the strong favourites for next month's Dominion Handicap at Addington. He is in fine fettle for this afternoon's Ashburton Flying Mile, but the small field and the inside draw to race rival Marcoola are of concern to his regular partner John Dunn this afternoon.
The mile start point at Ashburton notoriously favours a runner drawn on the inside, providing that they have a modicum of gatespeed. With the speed that Marcoola generally possesses off the gate, John feels that this gives his rival a tactical edge this afternoon.
"They are sometimes a real pain these sort of races, with such a small field," said John.
"I can't see too many wanting to go and sit parked outside of Marcoola so he may get it quite easy early on."
That said, John has been very happy with the progress of Sundees Son since an uncharacteristic break at Addington earlier this month.
"He's been really good and is definitely back to where he was in those first couple of starts I feel."
Sundees Son and Marcoola dominate the early markets on the race and do look the two main winning chances today.
The stablemate of Sundees Son is Woodstone, which will also contest this afternoon's mile.
"He has kept improving too."
"He made up a lot of ground on Oscar Bonavena last time at Addington, so I'm happy with where he is at."
The day for the Woodend barn starts in Race Three, where Tyron's Bit Of Lemon goes around.
"He's done a really nice job in his three starts, but is starting to come to the end of his campaign."
"It would be good to get another win on the board before he goes for a spell and he should go close."
Race Four seees three of our nice three year olds of last season returning in Heisenberg, Stars Tonight and Franco Niven.
"They have all come up really good," said John.
"It's hard to label one over the other. They should all be competitive, but should all benefit from the run all the same."
You Really Got Me resumes in Race Five.
"He has had a couple of runs to get him ready for today."
"He is well and could run a really good race today first up, but you never quite know with him, he is a funny sort of horse."
"On ability he is certainly up to any in this field."
In Race Seven, we have both Anamajor and Nakuru resuming, both good fillies from last season.
"Again, both have come back good."
"They are well enough drawn here and should both get their chances."
Race Nine will see Valloria continuing with his road towards the Dominion Handicap.
"He has been great in the three runs back."
"The handicap will make it tough, but so will chasing Oscar Bonavena."
The final two runners for the day are I'm Tough and Above N Beyond in the last.
Above N Beyond was a convincing winner of his Sires Stakes heat two back at Addington and then a fast finishing third last time out also at Addington.
"He's really flying and seems to be getting better all the time."
From a frontline today, he does look the stable standout.
The stablemate I'm Tough has also impressed in his three outings to date and resumes here after a workout win last week.
"He's coming along good, but will take plenty of improvement out of this race."
Beginning today, Robert still sits on 1496 career wins. With a very nice team in this afternoon and that bit of luck, he should be a lot closer to the 1500 win milestone by the close of business this evening.
Posted: Mon 28 Oct 2019