The show must go on
While we live in the most unbelievable of times at present, we are constantly adjusting our lives to the new norm. A premier night of racing will go ahead this evening, albeit with huge restrictions in place in terms of attendance. We have a big team of runners that will go around and are represented in all of the night's feature races, but without John Dunn, who is forced to sit out because of a recent trip to Australia.
The three feature events of the night are all Group Two races - the Trotting Oaks for the three year old fillies, the Vero Flying Stakes for the three year old pacers and the Superstars Championship for the four and five year old pacers.
The first of the features is Race Six the Trotting Oaks, where our runner is Madam Sass. To start from the unruly tonight and to be driven by Bob Butt, the Westview owned runner has been way off her best form the last couple of starts. She faces a stiff task given the nature of the field that she takes on. The team will no doubt be happy if she is to get around in one piece tonight, a share of the placings will definitely be an added bonus.
The Vero Flying Stakes Race Seven, is the lead up to the Derby which will be held in a fortnight. Here we have the unbeaten Heroes Square and Tyron's Bit Of Lemon that will go around.
Heroes Square has been so impressive in an unbeaten start to his career with three wins out of three. He takes on the biggest challenge of his short career tonight, taking on the best of his age as well as having to overcome the outside barrier on the front row. Tim Williams will drive this evening and will need to be at his very best to plot the best path for his charge. A hot pace will definitely give the son of Art Major his best chance.
Tyron's Bit Of Lemon has also been very good, with wins in his last two starts. He has fared a lot better with the draw and to be driven by Gavin Smith this evening, may lob a nice spot on the pace. He is not to be discounted as at least a place hope here.
The final of the Group Threes is the Superstars Championship, Race Nine. Our two chances here are Stars Tonight and Henry Hubert (inphoto), both last start winners, but neither of which have drawn particularly well.
Stars Tonight draws wide on the front row. He dominated from the front last week, but from his draw this evening may have to do his share of work. He has been so consistent this time in though and will put in another genuine performance.
Henry Hubert was so dominant down south a fortnight ago and looked back to his best form with that win. Drawn one on the second line here, he will no doubt look to get off the markers as soon as possible. He can do work in the running and if he gets his chance at some stage, they will all know that he is there.
The night kicks off for us in Race One with three year old One Majic Kenny. Very good the last two starts in running seconds behind Cracker Hill, this does look somewhat of a dropback for him. The 2600m should give driver Matt Anderson plenty of time as to when to make his move. Providing he races up to his previous form, he is a great chance to start the night for us on a winning note.
We have Jay Tee Tyron and Kensington Bill that step out in Race Two. Kensington Bill is the better drawn of the pair and has won his last two. This race is quite a step up in grade for him however. Jay Tee Tyron continues to run good races. While drawn a little bit wide out, he is a horse than can do some work in the running. He looks the main threat to the likely hotpot Smooth Deal.
Anamajor and Soundslikeart have been conistent performers in the mares ranks through the summer and take on some usual suspects in Race Three. Both are drawn the second line, with Anamajor slightly the better off with regards to the draws. They are both at least place chances again here.
Got You Covered ran a really nice second on the track last week, but steps up to a Sires Stakes heat in Race Five this evening. There are a few experienced runners here, but from a good draw, he is a rough place hope all the same.
In Race Eight for the trotters we also have the two stable reps. Majestic Chevron is a newcomer to the stable and is in a consistent run of form. She must be an eachway chance. The same applies to The Player which was a good third fresh up last week in much stronger company. They are both genuine winning hopes.
The night concludes for us with Carlos Bromac in Race Ten. He was seen getting home with real purpose last week and tonight's field does look quite a dropback. He will need luck from the draw over the 1980m, but if he gets it is an eachway chance.
Posted: Fri 20 Mar 2020