Heisenberg looking to progress cup preparation
Art Major five year old Heisenberg looks set to provide a third runner for Diamond Racing in this year's New Zealand Cup. He has been good throughout his spring campaign, often with little luck, but should appreciate a drop in class in Race Seven at Addington tonight.
In his last start in the Methven Cup, Heisenberg was very good. He stepped well taking a nice spot on the fence and ran home with real purpose behind the two cup favourites in Spankem and Self Assured to finish 4th. While winless through this campaign, he has often been the victim of poor draws, or having to start off long marks.
The winner of six of his 40 starts and with over $164,000 in stakes won, Heisenberg included a New Zealand Record winning performance at Wyndham and an Ashburton Cup win amongst his three winning runs last season.
From a 10m handicap tonight, Heisenberg should be able to take a nice spot early. With Johnny in great form of late, you can be sure that he will have Heisenberg in the right spot at the right time. With the required luck in the running, he must be one of the brightest chances.
One of the hardest for Heisenberg to beat could be stablemate Jay Tee Tyron which steps as one of three from the frontline. He is another that generally steps well. He had little go his way last time out being forced to race a large part of that race in the breeze. With a more economical run this evening he could be a real blow-out chance at odds.
In what looks an even line-up, a fresh-up Matt Damon and an already cup qualified Tango Tara, may be the too hardest to beat.
The night will start for Diamond Racing in Race Two, where Westeros will start a short-priced favourite from behind the mobile gate. He has been a mistake maker in recent starts, but in his last two runs in particular, still put in big performances. This field looks considerably down on what he has been competing in, so he will get a great chance to justify his favouritism.
Lady Matara looked a certainty beaten in her debut run on the track a couple of weeks ago. She has a handy draw to work with in Race Three over the 1980m. John has been happy with her progress and believes that she is a, "nice sit and sprint type." From the good draw, she should get all favours and she looks at least a place hope in this line-up.
We are represented by two very nice four year olds in Race Four over the 2600m stand.
Steel The Show showed a ton of ability when trained previously by Nigel McGrath. He has raced with success from a stand start before, but is fresh-up after a long break. He has been prepared for tonight's resumption with a couple of workout runs. While he will require the run, his class will take him a long way.
Above N Beyond is another highly regarded four year old from the stable. He has had a break of two months away from the racetrack, but with an impressive recent trial, John was confident of a big run from him. It is his first stand start under race conditions, but providing he is able to cop this early, he should not be far away.
Our final pair of runners that will step out is in Race Eight for the junior drivers. Here we are represented by Wyatt Waller - Ellie Barron and Down To The Bone - Korbyn Newman.
Wyatt Waller has been away from the track for a few months, but is another from the stable that has been readied for tonight by two recent workouts. In the most recent of these he was an encouraging third behind Dizzy Miss Lizzy. From an inside second line draw, he will need some luck, but if he gets it look for him to come powering home.
Down To The Bone has been down on his best form and the draw is awkward, but he does look to have a class edge over many here. He will need a solidly run affair and a drag home behind the right runner, but if he gets the combination of these two factors, he may be the one to come barrelling over the top of them all.
Posted: Thu 22 Oct 2020