Hair owned pair looking for luck in NZ Mobile Trot
Sundees Son and Woodstone are two of the most talented trotters going around and have given owners Colin and Nancy Hair some huge thrills in the last 12 months. Tomorrow they are two of the main chances in the NZ Mobile Trot, but will be looking for luck from what may be difficult draws.
With the two in-form performers in the open class trotting ranks Oscar Bonavena and Marcoola both bypassing tomorrow's race, the Group One feature has a very even look to it.
After stunning wins in his first two starts this campaign, Sundees Son has disappointed in his last two starts, with late breaks in the running costing him dearly. While he has frustrated John and Robert and their collective experience, John was heartened by his work in his final hit-out today.
"He worked really well and physically is in really good shape."
"It will all come down to him on the day and hopefully he is mentally at his best as well."
The second line draw may well be his best friend on the day, especially following out Bordeaux which can be sharp off the gate. If the very best version of Sundees Son is able to turn up on the day, they will all know that he is in the race.
The other of the Hair owned runners is Woodstone (in picture), which placed second in the race last year after a massive run behind Speeding Spur. Ironically he will start from barrier eight, the identical barrier to last year. On that occasion he raced parked the last 1300m and only went down a head in a gutsy run. John felt that he was in similar form as to last year.
"I think that you can just ignore the Ashburton run. It just didn't go his way."
"The two previous starts, both behind Oscar Bonavena showed that he wasn't far away."
"His work over the last week has been super."
To be driven by Bob Butt, Woodstone showed last year that he can make his own luck from a poor draw and a $26 shot on the fixed odds market, he is at least a good place shot in this year's edition.
It is the two Australian trotters Tough Monarch and McLovin that add some real spice to this year's field. From his favourable frontline draw, the Rickie Alchin trained Tough Monarch looks set to start a short-priced favourite and if his Cup Trial is a good indication he is the one to beat.
Posted: Mon 11 Nov 2019