Fans await the return of their pride and joy at Addington

Fans await the return of their pride and joy at Addington

It has been three months since top filly Spellbound has been sighted in the South Island. Her return tomorrow evening will be eagerly awaited by her big group of owners, who are sure to turn out in big numbers for the first race at Addington on Friday evening.

One of the very best fillies going around last season, Spellbound has raced very well since coming back as a three year old, with only her last start at Auckland the exception to this.

A good third first up at Addington was followed by two very good placings at Alexandra Park, leading to real confidence heading into her main assignment up there, the Sires Stakes Championship for the fillies. However, after leading early, she was under pressure as far out as the 600m, stopping to finish a distant last. Post-race follow ups revealed that her bloods were out providing the explanation for an out of character run. 

Spellbound returned to the Woodend Beach stable soon after and having been given time to recover has really pleased the stable with her work.

Tomorrow night at Addington she goes around in R54 to R62 company over the 1980m and faces a handy field from a wide draw. John will have choices as to whether to go forward or back early on, but with her next main target just a fortnight away, will be mindful of not wanting to flatten the filly first up. If the race works out well for her, she can be a winning chance on ability alone. 

Last start winner Spot On and Marlborough Cup placegetter Hayden's Meddle go around for us in Race Eight. This race is a particularly even line-up and luck in the running will no doubt play it's part. There is very little to separate this pair. Both are at least good place hopes.

Posted: Thu 30 Jan 2020

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