Stars Tonight looking for Westport double
Consistent throughout this season, Stars Tonight travelled to Westport for yesterday's cup, walking away with the major spoils. Tomorrow he will return to Patterson Park, looking to complete a hat-trick of wins.
Good enough to race in Ultimate Sniper's derby last season, Stars Tonight has been a consistent performer throughout his brief career. His seven starts back in this season have included the two wins and a second to stablemate Heisenberg in the Sales Pace at Kaikoura. With John heading to Auckland to top off the preparation for stable runners on New Years Eve, it was left to regular stand in driver Gavin Smith to do the steering and as he invariably does, he did a superb job reining home the Bettor's Delight four year old.
Safely away from from his frontline barrier yesterday, Stars Tonight was in front within the first 300m. Always looking to travel well out in front, Stars Tonight copped some serious mid-race pressure as first Fynn Frost and then Apocalype came with lead inquiries. It was the effect of this mid-race pressure that had Gavin concerned late in the race.
"After getting some mid race pressure, I didn't want to get rolling with him too early."
"Because of this the sprint home left him pacing a bit rough."
While he looked under siege at the 200m, Stars Tonight really ground into his work over the last 150m, to land the win by half a length over second favourite Tango Tara that came home well wide out.
"He was going to win very comfortably if he hadn't got unbalanced so there is no reason that he can't do the same again tomorrow."
"I think that he will appreciate a stronger overall pace next time."
Yesterday's win takes his overall record to five wins from just 22 starts and with $72,463 in stake earnings. Stars Tonight is owned by Alan and Ian Neumann, John Slack and Sue Langdon.
The second day feature is over the 2600m and will see Stars Tonight back on a 10m handicap, alongside what is probably his biggest threat in the race, Tango Tara.
Best of luck to Gavin and the connections on Day Two.
Posted: Fri 27 Dec 2019