Dashing Major produces standout performance on winless night for team
On a particularly cold spring night, the winning run of late was stalled, with five placings as good as it got. It was the debutante amongst these - Dashing Major - that caught the eye, with a stunning first up run for third, against two proven Group One performers in Krug and It's All About Faith.
A three year old Art Major colt, Dashing Major comes from a great family. He is a half brother to the good filly Rona Lorraine - 20 starts - three wins - $133,268 and the champion mare Venus Serena - 34 starts - 16 wins - $796,397, driven throughout most of her career by Johnny.
Workout wins at Rangiora over the past two weeks, showed that this colt possessed plenty of the family's ability, but John still felt that it was a big ask taking on a Sires Stakes heat on debut, particularly with the two favourites Krug (5) and It's All About Faith (1) both having good draws to use. His task was made even more difficult, getting well out of his ground from his handy draw.
With Krug able to cross to take the early lead from the second favourite, there was no pressure throughout the first half of the race as Krug ran a moderate 25.7 lead time, before being allowed to get away with a 32.4 first quarter backed up by a 31.4, second quarter. As the pacemaker looked to up the pace inside the last 800m, Dashing Major was still conceding him up to four lengths. John was off with Dashing Major at the 600m and loomed up stongly out three wide approaching the turn. He stuck to his task impressively all the way up the straight, finishing a brave third beaten two and a half lengths by Krug, with It's All About Faith splitting the pair.
On a night that proved difficult to make ground from off the pace, Dashing Major's run is even more impressive when it is put into context that he ran the fastest sectionals for the last mile - 1.56.95, 800m - 54.75 and 400m - 26.25. With the benefit of this run under the belt, you can be sure that he will be a much improved commodity, wherever he goes second up.
Dashing Major an impressive third on debut in his Sires Stakes heat
Need You Now has been hugely impressive through the first two months of the season and her clash with the All Stars trained Amazing Dream was keenly awaited. Drawn the widest of the five runners, she had to do some early work to cross to the top, giving Amazing Dream the best trip of all, in the trail. The two other Diamond Racing runners - Sugar Loaf and Spellbound settled 4th and 5th respectively.
On a moderate pace, Need You Now was able to get away with comfortable sectionals through the first 1000m of the race, before starting to ramp things up from the 800m peg, as Spellbound started to make a move. She was still able to get away with a 29.4 quarter down the back and was fair flying as they turned in. After finding a good kick at the 200m, she fought all the way to the line, only giving way to the All Stars runner late in the race, as they rounded affairs out with a sharp 26.6 quarter.
As impressive as Amazing Dream was in her first start back at Addington, Need You Now will have lost no admirers in going down by a half neck, with Spellbound an improved run for third a further three and a half lengths away, after doing work on a sharp last half. Sugar Loaf never got into the race tonight after getting well back in what turned into a sprint home.
Need You Now continued a great run, going down narrowly to Amazing Dream
In other races featuring Diamond Racing trained runners tonight:
Anamajor - ran on well for third in Race One, with Magical Mali a close-up 4th.
Westeros - gave us another third placing in Race Two behind a very nice filly in Time Up The Hill.
Lady Matara - was a close-up 4th in Race Three, looking more than a tad unlucky.
Got You Covered - ran on for 7th in Krug's Sires Stakes heat, while Ned Kelly again got things wrong breaking at the wrong time and running last.
Carlos Bromac was a very unlucky 5th in Race Eight won by pacemaker Cardinal Sin, while Jay Tee Tyron ran a strong race for a close-up 8th after having to race parked.
Posted: Thu 08 Oct 2020