Beaut day in store for Kaikoura Cup Day
The weather gods have been kind and this year's Kaikoura Cup Day looks set to be an absolute belter. We are represented in the cup by Classie Brigade who looks back on track after a setback and with next week's New Zealand Cup firmly in his sights.
Classie Brigade has been competitive throughout the spring and again looks a nice chance in today's Group Two Kaikoura Cup. He was placed in two of the lead-up races, the Hannon Memorial and the Canterbury Classic, but an uncharacteristic poor performance last time out revealed that things weren't 100%.
"Both him and Henry Hubert weren't right."
"They were scoped and it showed that they were both crook, along with one or two others."
"He seems back on track now and if he is back to his earlier form, shouldn't be far away."
This year's cup is a small but competitive field and includes the Australian visitor Our Uncle Sam. After his run in last week's Ashburton Flying Stakes, Another Masterpiece definitely looks the toughest to beat.
Another of the day's features is the South Bay Trotters Cup at Group Three level. Here we are represented by both Valloria (in photo) and Pres Da Belle.
Valloria comes out of a handicap at Ashburton last Monday, where after getting well out of his ground, he made late ground for 5th behind Oscar Bonavena. His three previous starts were all good placed runs and with his good manners, he should be well spotted for a nice run today and looks an eachway chance.
Pres Da Belle is a former southerner which has done all of her recent racing in the North Island. She has had two starts since a spell and both have been good. She is another which is generally well mannered and if she brings her A game, should be another good chance in the race for the stable.
The day's other feature is the PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling Sale Classic at listed level. We have three very good chances off the frontline in Heisenberg, Franco Niven and Stars Tonight.
Heisenberg was slow away first up and then copped some major interference soon after. He got home with real pupose for his close up 5th placing. Heisenberg mixed it with the best last season and if he is able to use his handicap advantage today, looms as a big winning chance.
Franco Niven was the best of the three four year olds in the Ashburton race last Monday. He stuck on particularly well after racing in the breeze and looks to have come on since his three year old season. Also well served with the handicaps, he must be at least a place hope on his run last week.
Stars Tonight is the third of the stable runners in the race. He was well mannered last week, received a good run and kept coming for his third placing. With the natural improvement from that run, he looks another good place chance.
Taxman from the Purdon/Rasmussen barn does look the one that they all have to beat, after an impressive winning run at Addington a fortnight ago.
Our day starts in Race Three with trotter You Really Got Me. An early break proved costly last time and he will again need to be on his best behaviour today. If he is, then he is undoubtedly a winning chance.
Down To The Bone was impressive in the Sires Stakes heat last week behind Flying Even Bettor. He looks a good chance even from a second line draw in Race Five. Toughest to beat will be likely favourite Virgil, which is better drawn today, after a close up 5th last time out.
Our final two runners for the day are Anamajor and Jay Tee Tyron in the last. Both are well enough drawn from the frontline today and must be accorded winning chances.
Heading into today's meeting, Robert sits on 1498 career wins in New Zealand. He must be a great chance to achieve the 1500 milestone today. We wish him all the very best.
Posted: Mon 04 Nov 2019