A great night of Premier Racing tonight at Addington
After a superb Canterbury spring day, it should be a cracking night at Addington this evening. With 18 runners in, throughout the night, we have a host of chances. The feature races on the evening are the Canterbury Park Trotting Cup, the Canterbury Classic, the New Zealand Bloodstock Harness Millions for the three year old fillies and the three year old trotters.
The first of the features is Race Four, the three year old fillies final over the 1980m. We have the three runners engaged - Shanika (1), Off N Gone (12), With Grace (13).
Put simply the draws have made things very difficult for two of the three - Off N Gone and With Grace, while Shanika has faired a lot better out of barrier one. With the good draw and Ricky May to drive, Shanika could be the smokey, especially for some place value. Off N Gone is the most favoured of our three and is in super form. She will need that luck in the running, but if she gets it, she won't be far away. She definitely rates a place hope. With Grace hasn't had a lot of luck recently and from the draw will need plenty of luck to figure.
The second of the features that our stable is engaged in is Race Seven, the Canterbury Park Cup Trot, sponsored this year by Stevie Golding. In a small, but quality field, we are represented by short-priced favourite Sundees Son and Woodstone, both for the Hairs.
Sundees Son was just wow, last time, slaying a similar field in the Group Three Ordeal Trotting Cup by nearly six lengths. He looks back to his very best form that saw him record multiple Group One wins in the 2018-2019 seasons. He will come of a 20m handicap tonight but with just the seven starters should be allowed to bide his time by driver John Dunn. While there is always that slight bit of "if" factor with this talented individual, if he trots all the way, he should be much too good again.
Woodstone ran home well in the Ordeal and again in Sunday's Banks Peninsula Trotting Cup. He too looks close to his very best form and in the hands tonight of Tim Williams, looks a very strong place hope.
The final feature race that features runners from the Diamond Racing stable is Race Eight, the Group Two Lamb and Hayward Canterbury Classic, a free-for-all over the 2600m stand. Here we are represented by one of the best stand start exponents in the game in Classie Brigade and an improving Henry Hubert. They look two of the strongest hopes in shutting out the favoured All Stars runners Self Assured and Spankem.
Classie Brigade has enjoyed another really successful spring and is coming off super wins at his previous two starts -New Brighton Cup and Hannon Memorial. The beauty with this guy is the quality of performance that he turns out every week. He is sure to ping early, put himself on the pace and then give Johnny options thereafter. He looks a massive chance once again.
Henry Hubert was much better last start behind Classie Brigade. He is another who can ping the tapes and has a very in-form driver in Tim Williams to do the steering. A peak run from him gives him a great chance to snaffle some of the place money.
Other runners tonight and fixed odd prices:
Race One - Magical Mali - $23 and $5, Aimees First Meddle - $7.50 and $2.50
Race Three - Jay Tee Tyron - $9.50 and $2.80, Stars Tonight - $41 and $6.75 and Heisenberg - $9.50 and $2.80
Race Five - Tyron's Bit Of Lemon - $2.50 and $1.30
Race Ten - Down To The Bone - $3.30 and $1.45 and Sugar Loaf - $7.50 and $2.50
Race Eleven - Ned Kelly - $8.00 and $2.30, Got You Covered $15 and $3.70 and Mighty Looee - $7.50 and $2.30
Posted: Fri 02 Oct 2020