Pres Da Belle relishes dropback in company
Pres Da Belle had proved competitive against the very best trotters throughout the Inter-Dominion series, narrowly missing a place in the final. Back at Addington today and against appreciably easier company, she proved much too good after leading throughout.
Rewind two weeks and Pres Da Belle was a good 5th in the final round of heats, behind Temporale. She didn't have the greatest of luck in the series, but coming back south to Addington today, did look incredibly well placed.
Allowed to roll out of the gate, Pres Da Belle eventually crossed to lead for John at the 1700m. Always looking to travel very well in front, Pres Da Belle was let slide from the 800m, establishing a winning break by the 400m. She never looked to back off the pressure in the run to the line, eventually running away a six length winner.
Today's win was the 11th of her 39 start career and takes her stake-earnings to over $100,000. If today's win was any indication, she should be very easy to place over the summer months.
Pres Da Belle records win 11 of her 39 start career
A race later and it was the turn of the consistent Stars Tonight in the race for the junior drivers. Eased out of the early rush by driver Ben Hope, he was sent forward three wide from the 1400m. After breasting up outside the leader Burlington from the 1200m, he really put it to that runner from the 400m. Quickly into the lead at the 200m, he extended well over the last 100m, to run out a winner by three and three quarter lengths.
Owned by Alan and Ian Neumann, John Slack and Sue Langdon, Stars Tonight was recording the 4th win of his 21 start career.
The win continues a marvellous run that Ben Hope has had with Robert Dunn trained runners.
"I think I have had eight drives now for Robert for the four wins and a second. The other three all had excuses," said Ben.
"It's a great team to get on and you gain confidence by just putting the colours on."
"The horse went really well and feels like a good stayer. I'm picking that he will have quite a profitable summer."
Stars Tonight records win four of his 21 start career.
The best backed of the stable runners today was Sugar Loaf in the last. While the Martin and Shirley Cummings owned filly did look a good thing on paper, there was some heart in the mouth stuff early on as the filly went off stride behind the gate. Due to a trailling runner being checked, the start was declared a false start. Taken cautiously off the gate the second time, Sugar Loaf settled in an awkward spot three back on the inside, never looking happy with her cramped quarters.
After looking in a power of trouble at the 800m, John was able to extricate the Bettor's Delight filly from tight quarters at the 500m, running up strongly behind the leaders. Courtesy of yet another superb J Dunn drive, Sugar Loaf was angled down toward the passing lane turning in, quickly gathering in the leader Flame Lady. Her last 200m was definitely her best of the race as she powered to the line a convincing winner by one and three quarter lengths, in 2.27.3 for the 1980m trip.
Clearly this very well bred filly has a big career ahead of her and looks likely to add to an already impressive formline over the summer months.
Sugar Loaf posts win two at just her third career start
Posted: Fri 20 Dec 2019