Classie nails New Zealand record. Henry Hubert much improved

The opportunities for our cup class pair of Classie Brigade and Henry Hubert are fast diminishing, therefore it was imperative that they showed they were on track at Addington last evening. Neither disappointed, with Classie Brigade setting a new New Zealand record of 3.08.9 for the 2600m stand and Henry Hubert much better in running second, just a length adrift of his stablemate at the line.

With some nice horses drawn the frontline last night, the early pace was a sizzler as the frontmarkers looked to make the handicaps too difficult for their better performed rivals. First it was Mikey Maguire that set up the early tempo, before second favourite Stylish Memphis came around to take the lead at the 1400m, in doing so setting up a lightning fast quarter to further stretch the backmarkers.

At the 1000m Classie Brigade gave Stylish Memphis seven lengths, with Henry Hubert better placed in the one-one. After a 28.3 quarter off the back all of the chasers were flat out getting into their work, with Classie Brigade being forced to come widest with his run. While it was still Stylish Memphis at the 100m, the closing runs of first Henry Hubert and then Classie Brigade were undeniable, the latter particularly impressive with the ground that he had to make up.

Trainer Robert Dunn enthused over the run post-race.

"We know he's a good horse, a very good horse, but to come from the back and to get home like that, it was good to see."

The sectionals make for some impressive reading and certainly stamp Classie Brigade as a genuine hope in the big race in just over three weeks, particularly when you take into account his impressive two miles stats.

The run of Henry Hubert was also much improved, with Robert particularly relieved for owner Ross Gordon. 

"His training had been good," said Robert.

"We think that his feet have been hurting. It's good that he has come right at the right time."

Aside from the night's feature, placed runs were as good as it got for us:

Race One - Surfer's Delight. Led early before becoming awkwardly placed three back. Lost momentum behind the tiring pacemaker and ran on late for 4th.

Race Two - Westeros. Off stride again early, losing considerable ground. Ran on well to only be beaten five lengths.

Race Three - Tyron's Bit Of Lemon. Caught wide early before progressing to the lead. Travelled well in front, but gunned down late by the trailling That Alexander Guy. A nice second.

Race Four - Woodstone. Always back from the draw. Ran on well enough late for 6th, beaten just over five lengths.

Race Five - Mighty Looee, Somekindawonderful and Carlos Bromac. The draws were always going to make it difficult. Mighty Looee secured the best run of our three getting home really well for third behund an impressive Aqua Sancta.

Race Six - Dashing Major. Back early from the wide draw, he progressed forward to the breeze with a lap to go. The only one to do work in the race. Beaten just over five lengths. The closing splits of 55.6 and 26.9 set it up for the lead pair to dominate.

Posted: Sat 17 Oct 2020