Season In Review, Part Six - January

January was a busy month for the stable, with the holiday period seeing stable runners all over the country. Without a doubt though, the January highlight must go to Heisenberg after his New Zealand Record winning effort in the re-run of the Central Otago Cup at Wyndham.

The month started as it always does with Central Otago's big day at Omakau. A big contingent of witches headed south to support Madam Sass. While she let the crew down on the day, they enjoyed a great day out in what ended as an abbreviated programme following Ricky May's much documented health issue. We are all so pleased how things have worked out for Ricky and look forward to seeing him back in the cart in the new season.

John headed to Nelson as he always does in January and was rewarded immediately on Day One, with stable newcomer Live Sport too good first up for the stable. Soundslikeart book-ended the programme for us with a convincing come from the back victory in the last. There was no joy for the team on Day Two, with He's Aflyin and Soundslikeart returning some of the minor prize-money.

The re-run of the Central Otago Cup was held at Wyndham in mid-January and it was Heisenberg going back to back with cup victories after leading throughout for Tim Williams, deputising for John who was up in Blenheim with runners. He simply ran them into the ground, his 2.52.4 winning time a new New Zealand record over the 2400m trip, in winning by half a neck over a game Nandolo.

A day later and the action turned to Day One at Blenheim, where Madam Sass, again with a big crew of witches in attendance started the day perfectly for us, with a convincing win after coming from well back, while Stars Tonight was much too good in the Cup Prelude, cementing himself as a short-priced favourite in Sunday's Cup. That night up in Auckland, Pretty Majestic was a convincing winner of the feature trot, while Passion And Power got her career off to the best possible start, as a two and three quarter length winner. On the second day at Blenheim, Stars Tonight was much too good as favourite in the cup, while Hayden's Meddle produced his best run for some time in providing a stable quinella.

Stars Tonight and Hayden's Meddle quinella the Centenerary Marlborough Cup

We were back at Addington for the first meeting of the New Year on 24 January and it was Spot On, that was just that on the night, beating a nice field of intermediate grade pacers over the 2600m. Heisenberg headed to Invercargill the following day, looking for a cup treble, but was down on his best form in a race run convincingly by Dadndave. 

Posted: Sat 25 Apr 2020

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