Passion And Power looks to continue winning run in Group Two
Passion And Power has been the outstanding commodity to date in the two year old filly ranks and will look to stretch her unbeaten run to four wins tonight at Alexandra Park. Her target this evening is Race Four, the Group Two Delightful Lady Classic for $80,000.
Owned by the Neumanns', John Slack and Sue Langdon, the dominance of the Art Major filly over the North Island crop of fillies has been profound. In her two of her three starts, her respective drivers have not needed to activate the removal deafeners, indicating there is more depth to her performance if required. Last week when driven on race night for the first time by John, she was again much too good after leading the trip.
In tonight's big go, Passion And Power will need to overcome a second line draw, drawn barrier two on the second row, on the back of Shes No Lady. With only the nine runners to go around, John should have plenty of options as to when to make his move. She appears a very sensible filly and if she needs to do some work in the running, looks well equipped for that challenge.
The night's main feature is Race Seven, the Woodlands Stud Northern Derby over the 2700m for $200,000. We are represented in this race by Above N Beyond which will have benefitted from last week's first up run. Tonight he appears well enough drawn, from barrier one on the second line, following out one of the favoured runners in One Change. From there he should have to do no work and hopefully will get his chance to get a slice of the spoils. One Change and Copy That were well superior to most of these last week and are entitled to start the short priced favourites on the tote.
Another feature tonight is Race Three, the Greenlane Cup Handicap Trot at Group Three level. We have the three of the six runners to go around, with Pretty Majestic, so good of late, certain to dominate the market. She enjoys the course and distance, set a New Zealand record for a mare last week and in reality it is hard to see her beaten.
Woodstone will appreciate some let-up in the handicaps here and also the 20m. The small field will also be an assist. Providing he can trot the trip, he is probably the best of our two remaining runners. Bourdeaux was fresh up last week from a big handicap over the 2200m. He too should appreciate more the 2700m, but having to start alongside the very much in-form mare does make his task more challenging.
Our final two runners for the night are Resonate and You Really Got Me in Race One. Resonate was very good last week in running second. If his manners are as good again as what they were on that occasion, he is the one to beat. You Really Got Me is still battling in the manners department. If he is able to trot throughout he could be the toughest for the stablemate to beat.
Posted: Fri 06 Mar 2020