Stars Tonight looks to continue wonderful run of form
It has been a fantastic season to date for Bettor's Delight 4yo Stars Tonight, with four wins and five placings from just 11 starts, taking his seasonal stake-earnings to just under $50,000. The winner of both the Westport Cup and Marlborough Cup in two of his last five starts, he will look to add to that tally with victory in this afternoon's $20,000 Amberley Cup.
An impressive three and a quarter length winner in the Marlborough Cup, Stars Tonight is obliged to go back 10m today as a result of that win. He will start as the sole backmarker off 20m today, making his task that little bit harder.
Having shown his liking for the grass track surface, Stars Tonight will still start as one of the most favoured runners and providing the race is run at a genuine clip and he gets some luck in terms of being brought into the race at the right time, then he must again be again, a great winning chance.
In what is quite an open affair, Stars Tonight's toughest opposition is likely to come from Reefton Cup victor in Just Holla and another consistent runner over the summer in Cast No Shadow.
Our day starts off with He's Aflyin, in Race Six. He was consistent over the four day Nelson/Marlborough circuit, but from the wide draw today and over the 1950m trip, he will be needing luck. Place prospects are probably the best go with him this afternoon.
We have two of our good trotters in Valloria and Pres Da Belle that will go around in Race Nine. Both trotters have raced well this campaign and hold a class edge in this race. However, off 40m and 55m respectively over the 2600m trip, it is a big ask. Valloria especially sports a great record on the grass and if the tempo of the race allows, is probably the better chance of our two here.
Our final runner of the day is Cheddar Valley in the last. He was terrific on the first day at Waterlea after making an early mistake, stormimg home for second. However, another break on the second day, proved terminal and he lost all chance. The unruly does make it tough over the sprint trip, but if the best version of Cheddar Valley did turn up here, he is a winning hope.
Posted: Thu 06 Feb 2020