Classie Brigade and Henry Hubert set for cup tilt
The Robert Dunn stable are represented in this year's New Zealand Trotting Cup by Kaikoura Cup winner Classie Brigade and Henry Hubert (photo). The preparation of both horses has pleased John who hopes that they can use their frontline barriers to good effect.
Classie Brigade is a proven two miler and back in-form after overcoming a virus last month. He was at his absolute best in winning last week's Kaikoura Cup after leading throughout.
"He did it really well," said driver John Dunn.
" The best part about it was that he got a good trip after finding the lead and didn't need to be knocked around."
"I'm just hoping that he can step as well as he has been as he does race well on the pace."
As a four year old, Classie Brigade paced one of the fastest two mile times of all time, when winning the Invercargill Cup in 3.53.5. He is a dour stayer and will appreciate a genuinely run two mile test.
John has also been pleased with the work of the stablemate Henry Hubert, which has improved a heap after his run in last week's Cup Trial.
"He really blew after that trial and his work has all been heading in the right direction since then."
Henry Hubert was another that like Classie Brigade had his campaign derailed by the virus last month.
"It's a shame that he has missed having a race start heading into tomorrow."
"Kaikoura was never an option for him as he struggled on that track last year, so he is going in on the fresh side."
"I do feel that he is is very near to the form that he was in when running second (to cup favourite Spankem) first up."
"He has a good driver in Gav and if he gets the right run, I'd hope that he wasn't far away."
John recognised that this year's cup field had a very even look to it, but thought that the cup preparation of favourite Spankem had him a deserving favourite in the race. The chances don't end there, with last year's cup victor The Fixer, stablemate Chase Auckland and Australian visitor San Carlo all good chances.
Posted: Mon 11 Nov 2019