Cruz too good. Our boys do us proud.
The 2019 New Zealand Trotting Cup belonged to the All Stars and Blair Orange as their least favoured runner Cruz Bromac proved too strong over the last 100m for pre-post favourite Spankem. In a driving finish, Cruz Bromac got up for a neck victory for Orange, giving him his first win in the great race. Classie Brigade did a superb job getting up for third, beaten just a length after being late clearing traffic, while perhaps the run of the race was Henry Hubert in finishing 6th, but under two lengths from the winner at the line.
As is his usual standard, Classie Brigade made a great beginning and was in front after just 200m, with second favourite The Fixer on his back and eventual winner Cruz Bromac parked. Pressured in front by Cruz Bromac, John allowed that runner to take the lead inside the 2500m taking a trail, relegating Henry Hubert which had started well to four back the inside.
As the field passed the 2000m peg, it was first The Fixer and then Spankem that took their turn in front and by the 1700m, Spankem was a clear leader. Classie Brigade and Henry Hubert were now four and six back the inner respectively as a result of the lead changes.
Off the back the last time and it looked very much an All Stars 1,2,3 as breeze runner San Carlo started to drop away. Turning in and as The Fixer dived for the passing lane, Cruz Bromac was off his three back spot and joined in with the pair at the 200m. The Fixer was the first beaten and it left it to Spankem and Cruz Bromac to battle it out. While it took him the length of the Addington straight for Cruz Bromac to get up, get up he did in the last 30m in the closest of finishes, in a fairytale result for the country's top resinman Blair Orange.
While the winning pair were battling out the major spoils, Classie Brigade finally manoeuvred out of a tight spot to nudge Chase Auckland out of third. Henry Hubert was big in getting home up the lane for sixth, but just 1.8 lengths from the winner, on the back of an interrupted preparation, finishing with the fastest last 800m sectional and the second fastest last 400m split behind Classie Brigade.
We could not be prouder of the runs of our pair, the manner of both of their runs boding well for the upcoming Inter-Dominions in Auckland. Before then is Friday's New Zealand Pacing Free-For-All. Providing they come through today's race well, expect both to battle it out again with the All Stars on Friday.
For today though, congratulations to Blair, the All Stars and Cruz Bromac. Driven to perfection and a win that puts the icing on the cake for the current undisputed number one driver.
Posted: Tue 12 Nov 2019