Impressive win by Heisenberg heads up four win bag for stable
Previously winless this season, Heisenberg was a strong winner at Addington this evening as he continues his path towards the New Zealand Cup on the course in three weeks time. On what turned out a great night for Diamond Racing, Heisenberg was one of four individual winners for the stable from just the nine starters.
Owned by long-time stable supporters Ross and Angela Gordon, Heisenberg has long been regarded by Robert and John as a cup horse in the making. Good enough to run third behind Ultimate Sniper in the Sires Stakes final two years ago, Heisenberg has mixed it with the best of his age throughout his career. Last season as a four year old he was good enough to win the PGG Wrightson Aged Classic, Ashburton Cup and Central Otago Cup (in NZ Record time).
After a break through the autumn, Heisenberg resumed at Addington back in July. He has had the eight starts since resuming, but it was in his last few starts that he gave the indication that he was back to something like his very best form. Tonight off his 10m handicap, Heisenberg stepped like a toff, unlike his stablemate Jay Tee Tyron, which was an early mistake maker from the frontline. In front with two laps to go, John was happy to hand the lead to Tango Tara, before immediately coming out and around that runner to lead and dictate thereafter. Able to get some pretty cheap terms in front, it looked a race in two off the back the last time, with Heisenberg and Tango Tara travelling better than the rest. While Tango Tara had the cold shot over the last 200m, try as he might, he was unable to run down Heisenberg which in turn was recording win seven of his 41 start career.
Presently ranked at 14th in the latest update for the cup, Heisenberg looks well placed to gain a start in the big two mile test and give his owners a really good second stringer, after Henry Hubert's big run last week behind Classie Brigade.
Heisenberg registers his first win of the season and the 7th in his career
The night began on a bright note for the stable as Westeros, appreciating a return to the mobile gate, put it all together for a complete performance in Race Two. Royally bred, Muscles Yankee - Pocaro, Westeros proved a frustration for conections in the first two seasons of his career, winning one from fifteen for trainer and part-owner Mark Smolenski. Since joining the Woodend Beach set-up, he has finally started to show some of his potential, with tonight's win his second in nine starts in the Diamond Racing colours. Not that there haven't been moments of frustration also. Tonight, John was able to bide his time off the gate, settle into a handy spot one out and come over them late using the high speed that he possesses. It is great that he is fulfilling the faith that owners Trevor Casey and Mark Smolenski have clearly retained in terms of his ability.
Westeros seems to finally be working things out registering his third career win
A race later and Lady Matara put right a very unlucky debut run of a fortnight ago, gaining her maiden win at start two. Good off the gate tonight, she was able to lob the perfect trip in the trail behind the pacemaking Blazing Impact. With the leader able to dictate terms and the pace no more than a dawdle up front, it was always going to be a sprint home. With a 57.9 closing half, Lady Matara did well to get up the passing lane to get the win, by a narrow, but convincing half neck at the line. Lady Matara looks a progressive filly for the stable through the spring and summer.
Lady Matara was a narrow but comfortable winner at start two
Steel The Show had looked a smart type at three for the Nigel McGrath stable and going by his stable debut win tonight for Diamond Racing, he looks in for a big campaign. Now the winner of four of just eight starts, Steel The Show is raced by Grant and Colin Eynon. Good enough to win his first two starts, Steel The Show only began racing in November and at his last start back in February ran a great second behind the class act Heroes Square.
Going into tonight's resumption, John was expecting a good run, but was also cautious that he may be a run short. While a little bit slow to begin from his inside barrier, Steel The Show quickly filled his hopples and landed a gun run behind the pacemaker and favourite Burnham Boy. Presented with the passing lane inside the last 200m, Steel The Show burst through and looked in for a convincing win. In the end it was probably his condition giving out as well as the game Burnham Boy coming back that combined to make it a very close half head margin at the line, the race run in a handy 3.15.9.
Above N Beyond another resunimg for the stable in the race, put in a smart effort to close for third, three lengths adrift of the first two, in his first stand start.
Steel The Show was a very good winner in his first start for the stable
Photo Credit: Emily Morgan
Posted: Thu 22 Oct 2020