Show Day - In review
It was another good day at the office, with the one win - I'm Tough (in photo after a previous win) and a Group One second placing - Classie Brigade and four other placed runners throughout the day. A number of these runners will now join Robert up north to have a crack at some of the big races on offer throughout December.
Race Four - Bonnie Highlander 2nd and Pres Da Belle 3rd.
Off her 10m handicap, Bonnie Highlander settled in a forward position on the markers. She eased into a parked spot outside Robbie Royale from the 1300m. Going the better on the turn, Bonnie Highlander looked to have a winning break, but it was the first day runner-up Ruthless Kayla that came with the cold shot to get the win. Bonnie Highlander was game as ever in second, while Pres Da Belle was much improved getting home for third. Her placed time was clearly the fastest in the race.
Race Six - Heisenberg 2nd and Jay Tee Tyron 5th
The intention was to drive Heisenberg more positively and he was driven out of the gate accordingly. However, when looking to cross over from out wide, things got tight and John was forced to bail out. Heisenberg then went forward to parked from the 1300m. While he had a tough run, he looked to level up to pacemaker Jazzy Star inside the final 50m, but the enormity of his run probably hit in about 30m further on as he slightly peaked on his run being beaten by a half neck. Jay Tee Tyron was driven for luck from his draw and made ground in style for his 5th placing.
Race Eight - Stars Tonight 2nd and Franco Niven 9th
Franco Niven broke early on losing his chance and was driven for luck thereafter. Stars Tonight bobbled away, went forward to lead at the 1000m then trailled eventual winner Wild Excuse. He came through with his challenge at the 100m but the winner was too strong on the day, with Stars Tonight a nice second.
Race Ten - Nakuru 12th and Anamajor 10th
The two were lead trail most of the race, but it was evident some way out that Nakuru was struggling and hadn't backed up from Tuesday. She was gone before the home bend and Anamajor on her back lost all chance as she stopped on her. Northerner Wainui Creek was a convincing winner.
Race Twelve - I'm Tough 1st
I'm Tough again demonstrated that he is one of the more progressive runners in the stable with a strong front-running display to win the last. The now four year old, Bettor's Delight gelding, was able to cross at the start for driver John Dunn and always looked in command at the head of affairs for owners Ray Reekie and the I'm Tough syndicate. While the challenges came thick and fast in the straight, a closing half of 56.9 from in front was good enough to see him record a three quarter length win over Just Wondering, his third win from just the six race starts. There looks to be plenty more in store for this guy, the first foal out of Reekie's good racemare Cullen's Mercy.
Soundslikeart, in her New Zealand debut made really good ground to finish just four lengths from the winner at the line.
So, another good day. It has been a big week, an enjoyable week. Thank you to all of the staff who have done an amazing job over the two big days. Without you guys pitching in, none of this would be possible.
Posted: Sat 16 Nov 2019