Sundees Son much too good in Canterbury Park Trotting Cup.

He was backed as though unbeatable and in the end it was simply a romp in the park for Sundees Son as he jogged to the line a four length winner in tonight's Canterbury Park Trotting Cup. He now looks set to start the shortest of favourites in this year's Group One Dominion Handicap.

A stunning winner by nearly six lengths at his previous start in the Ordeal Cup, Sundees Son was confidently backed again this evening. He stepped like a toff, getting a forward position early in the race. John initially thought about a forward move around the 1900m, but when second favourite Majestic Man progressed to the lead, he was happy to sit parked. With no further moves in the race, the pressure was heaped on from the 400m, as John asked Sundees Son to go forward to do his best and he immediately had the pacemaker under pressure. With Winterfell (one-one) a breaker at the 300m, Sundees Son was left to coast away under his own steam, recording a very smart 3.15.5 for the 2600m stand in the process.  

It was a very happy owner Colin Hair post-race as Greg O'Connor complimented him on his "speed machine."

Having become well accustomed to the highs and lows of racing with Sundees Son, Hair quipped, "more like a nervous machine. You are never sure with him!"

It does appear that Sundees Son is finally back to the form that saw him win a succession of Group Ones last year, including the Rowe Cup and Harness Jewels. Hair was quip to heap praise on the Woodend Beach team.

"Yes a lot of credit must go to the team at the beach. They do a fine job."

Hair was also excited about the fact that he has more of the family still to race.

"I have a brother and sister to Sundees Son at home."

Next up for Sundees Son will likely be the mile on Ashburton Flying Stakes Day. But you can be sure that Robert and John will leave no stone unturned as they seek their big target on the second Friday in November. 

Sundees Son oh so good winning tonight's Group Three

A race later and it was the turn of the cup class pacers. Classie Brigade stepped like the pro that he is, while Henry Hubert was a little bit slow before making a forward move to lead at the 1800m. The pair were still lead trail coming off the back the last time, but Henry Hubert was being seriously looked at in the lead by Spankem, with Self Assured hard on his back. Spankem quickly assumed the lead at the 200m, but the stablemate and cup favourite Self Assured was always travelling too well, running away by two lengths at the line in 3.12.7 for the 2600m stand, with Spankem game in second. Classie Brigade, which was held up by the tiring Henry Hubert, lost third right on the line to Tango Tara, but would have lost no admirers with his run.

Self Assured an impressive winner of the Canterbury Classic. Classie Brigade good in 4th.

Earlier in the evening in the inaugural running of the Harness Million Fillies Final, it was Shanika at absolute bolters odds that put in the run of her life after trailling impressive winner La Rosa to run 2nd paying $15 the place. The more favoured stablemate Off N Gone had no luck in the running, while the third stable runner With Grace had even less luck, being a late scartching just before the start. Shanika is a Bettor's Delight filly out of Christian Watch and is owned by Wendy Nordqvist and the Templeton Family Trust.

Shanika a brave second behind the impressive La Rosa in the feature for the fillies

Posted: Fri 02 Oct 2020

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