Massive night ahead across both islands
The late summer action heats up tonight at Addington with our stable represented throughout the night's group races. We also have a handy team engaged this evening at Alexandra Park.
The PGG Wrightson Harness 7000, a Listed Race for $40,000 kicks off the big action in Race Three. We have Tyron's Bit Of Lemon and Cheddar Valley to go around.
Tyron's Bit Of Lemon hasn't raced since the spring, but did a nice job in his first campaign. He has a slightly awkward draw, drawn out in barrier six, but can hopefully lob a nice spot early on for driver Tim Williams. Providing he can get a nice run in transit, he will be a good place chance.
Cheddar Valley has missed out his last couple, but has shown ability in his previous starts. This is a big step up in class for him, but a peak performance gives him an outside place hope here.
Valloria and Pres Da Belle will go around in the Group Three Summer Trotting Free-For-All Race Five. Both runners were exceptional in weaker company last time out at Rangiora, with Pres Da Belle successful off a 55m handicap. Tonight's company is a step up but in their current form, both must be regarded as at least place hopes.
Run over the 1980m, Valloria has the better draw of the pair coming out of barrier five. He has measured up well against the very best throughout the summer and a peak run sees him go very close here. Pres Da Belle will need some luck to overcome her wide draw, coming out of barrier eight. However, if she can reproduce last week's form, she cannot be discounted as at least a place hope.
The ultra-consistent Spellbound will again lock horns with Amazing Dream in Race Six, the NZ Sales Series Final for the three year old fillies. Her form up in Auckland was compelling, until a virus proved costly in the fillies final on New Years Eve. She resumed at Addington a fortnight ago and after a tough run parked, battled well to finish 4th. With the favourite drawn in the coveted barrier one tonight over the 1980m it does make Spellbound's task that much harder, but if there are any chinks in the armour of Amazing Dream, she looks the logical one to take advantage.
The Summer Cup for the pacers, Race Seven, is also over the 1980m this evening. Stars Tonight and Heisenberg are the two stable runners. Both of these four year olds have done a great job over the summer and stack up well in tonight's Group Three.
Stars Tonight has been so consistent and battled strongly off the backmark in last week's Amberley Cup. He has drawn well tonight in barrier three and does look a logical place hope. Heisenberg was very good in winning both of the Ashburton and Central Otago Cups, but missed out last time in the Invercargill Cup. The draw aside, he is up to any in this race and must be regarded as an eachway chance once again.
The undercard starts for us with Jay Tee Tyron in Race One. His was a nice effort first up last week at Methven and he should get an economical run this evening, following out a favoured runner in Taxman. Providing the race pans out well for him in that respect, he can be regarded as an eachway chance here.
In Race Four, we have Rocknroll King and Spot On that will go around.
Rocknroll King resumes here, but has had the benefit of a Rangiora trial two weeks ago. He was in good form before a spell and looks well placed here tonight. He looks a nice place chance. Spot On to be driven by Blair Orange missed out last time, but had been good before that. The 20m does make it hard, but he can run a placing with luck.
Our final runner for the evening is Soundslikeart in Race Ten. She has been a model of consistency over the past couple of months, but does meet a really nice field here. From her second line draw, she will be requiring luck, but is a place chance all the same.
Posted: Fri 14 Feb 2020