Season in review, part two - September.
With September signalling the start of spring, some of the big guns were going to be heading back to the track. For our stable, there was huge excitement around the reappearance of Sundees Son and with two starts in September, he did not disappoint, promising a huge season ahead.
The month began on a bright note with last season's Rowe Cup winner resuming at Addington. He was at his briilliant best first up, auguring well for a bright season ahead. The Player recorded his second win for the stable in just three starts on what was a miserable night for racing.
Sundess Son scores from a 25m handicap in the wet first up
Two days later and John headed to Winton on a hit and run mission with three year olds Need You Now and Tyron's Bit Of Lemon. Both runners were successful and looked promising sorts for the season ahead. Dexter completed a successful weekend, winning the $235,000 PA Sires Stakes for the three year old filly totters with Millies Possession.
As well as the season had started, it was tinged with sadness also, with the passing of former top juvenile Alta Maestro, after suffering a crippling knee injury over the winter. A marvellous horse for Stu and Liz Leadley, his career ended all too prematurely, the winner of nine of his 32 starts.
Alta Maestro's last winning performance - the Group Three Teltrac Communications Pace
On 13 September, Robert recorded another marvellous milestone in his career, lining up his 10,000th New Zealand starter. To make the night extra special, Sundees Son was again much too good, winning the Group Three Anthony Shearer Ordeal Trotting Cup. In what was a sternly run 2600m, John stayed out of the fireworks until the 800m where he looked to get into the race. Up outside leader Habibi Inta on the turn, he breezed on by with ridiculous ease, running out a four and a half length winner. With the Dominion just two months away, he was a shortening favourite as at that stage the dominant force in the New Zealand trotting ranks. Mighty Looee a promising three year old, was a winner for the Pukekohe arm of the stable at Alexandra Park.
Sundees Son was much too good winning the Group Three Ordeal Cup
Methven raced at Ashburton two days later and Somekindawonderful proved much too good as a short-priced favourite on debut, while Simon Smith registered the second win of his short driving career, steering home Wild Excuse a dominant front-running winner. In the US, Bettor's Wish was winning the KYSS final for the three year old pacing colts in 1.48.1, taking his earnings to $1,381,600.
Resonate finally broke his maiden status at Alexandra Park on 20 September, while Carlos Bromac was too good on debut at Invercargill a day later.
The weekend action turned to Oamaru, where Classie Brigade was much improved following a mistake at his previous start, running second to Spankem in the Hannon Memorial. After trailling that runner, he ran home strongly on the back of closing sectionals run in 53.3 and 26.4.
Carlos Bromac was again in winning form, this time at Winton for Nathan Williamson, while Dexter rounded out a busy month with World Record winning runs with trotters Amigo Volo and Manchego.
Manchego wins the Dayton Derby in a World Record 1.50.2
Posted: Mon 30 Mar 2020