Season in review , part three - October

In terms of the season's racing, October would have to be our most disappointing. The derailing of Sundees Son's Dominion Handicap campaign and the uncertainty over a start in next month's cup for Henry Hubert definitely put a downer on things. It was the deeds of Dexter over in the USA that kept the spirits high, especially after his two Breeders Crowns at the end of the month.

The month started out well enough, with Above N Beyond and Need You Now, both impressive Addington winners on Premier Night. Henry Hubert and Classie Brigade both gave big ticks to their cup campaigns, running second and third respectively behind Spankem in the Canterbury Classic. The disappointment of the night was Sundees Son, which after breaking at the 200m came home last in the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup, signalling that there was an issue after an otherwise faultless start to his Dominion Handicap build up this season.

Two days later and Dexter was hitting the headlines again in the USA, combining with the great trotting mare Manchego to set a new World Record of 1.49 for the mile at Red Mile, while Dancing Lou and Bettors Wish were winning $270,000 features also.

Henry Hubert and Classie Brigade returned to Addington on the 18th and the optimism of a fortnight previous quickly turned to concern after disappointing runs by the pair, later revealed to be virus related. Ultimate Sniper beat home Self Assured in a tight finish.

Spellbound was one of the best two year old fillies of last season and returned to the track on 25 October. After coming off a wide draw in her Sires Stakes heat, she produced a commendable run for third behind Amazing Dream, with stablemate Need You Now splitting the pair. Down To The Bone booked a spot in his Sires Stakes heat with a top run for second behind Fying Even Bettor.

Sundees Son was next seen in Ashburton's Trotters Flying mile. Drawn awkwardly he was always going to have to do work at some stage, which on this occasion was made difficult with a stunning frontrunning display by Marcoola. Looking likely to run second at the 200m, he again went into a break before recovering for 4th (later disqualified). As tough a call as it was to make, the decision was made to miss this year's Dominion in the better interest of the horse and his future.

On a brighter note, the end of the month belonged to Dexter with his two Breeders Crowns with trotters Amigo Volo and Manchego, a huge milestone in his already successful career.

Posted: Tue 31 Mar 2020

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