Heisenberg rewarded for consistency with cup win
Heisenberg has raced consistently in all starts this campaign, but since his Kaikoura win has kept finding one better. However, today at Ashburton and over the 3200m trip, he stepped well early to secure a sweet trail behind Nandolo and then proved too strong once he got his chance in the home straight.
An Art Major four year old, raced by great clients in Ross and Angela Gordon, Heisenberg locked horns with the best of his age throughout last season, always performing with credit. He has come back a better and stronger horse this season and is certainly proving himself a genuine racehorse with two wins and four placings from his seven starts.
The key today was how well he was able to step from his 10m handicap, finding the early lead with ease. This in turn gave John options and when Nandolo came with his lead inquiry inside the first 800m, he was a genuine frontrunner worth handing up to.
Nandolo was able to set his own terms once in front, attended to his outside by Matt Damon which applied no pressure. All the while, John and Heisenberg were always travelling a treat. When Nandolo started to up the tempo at the 600m, it was the one out line that were immediately put to pressure. If there was a threat to the pacemaker, it always looked like Heisenberg. As the field turned in, John was off the markers as quick as a flash, taking the lead inside the 200m. He was soon attended by the Paul Court runners Cast No Shadow (inside) and Mongolian Cavalry (outside), but fought like a tiger over the last 100m, to outlast Cast No Shadown by a head, with Mongolian Cavalry a half head away in third.
Today's win was the 5th of Heisenberg's 28 start career and takes his stakes won to over $136,000.
The immediate plan for Heisenberg is to head south for the Omakau Cup on 2 January. He will be joined by trotters Pres Da Belle and Madam Sass for this trip.
Heisenberg wins the 2019 Ashburton Cup
The days other winner for the stable was Kensington Bill in Race Two. A converted pacer after four starts as a trotter, Kensington Bill was well supported today after good runs at trials and workouts.
Well bred, Kensington Bill is a half brother to the well performed Piccadilly Princess (17 wins), The Royal Garden (7 wins) and Spondulicks (3 wins). He is owned by Patterson Brothers Racing, Mike Ward and M Wojitas.
After making a good start from his second line barrier, Kensington Bill slotted into a good spot three back the outside and enjoyed a one-one spot from the 1000m. With a strong tempo set up front, the race always set up for a swooper. Eased out with his run three wide from the 400m, he swept to the lead at the 200m, and under minimal urging from John, ran away a three and a half length winner over the last 100m. He looks like a horse that should be easily placed over the summer months.
Kensington Bill wins in his first race start as a pacer
Of our other runners today, Cheddar Valley was a creditable second in Race Five. Well back in a strung out field, he was launched with his run at the 600m. He loomed up as the winner on the turn, but was gunned down by the much more experienced One Direction over the last 200m.
Maiden trotter Yuri ran on from well back for 5th in Race One, while One Majic Kenny after an early break, finished well back in Race Nine.
Four year old mares Anamajor (4th) and Nakuru (5th), ran respectable races in their event over the mile trip.
Posted: Tue 24 Dec 2019