Further success for stable on Flying Stakes Day
We may not have had a runner in either of the day's features, but were well represented on the undercard, with wins to Got You Covered and Somekindawonderful highlighting another successful day.
Got You Covered was the first in the winners circle today, proving too tough for a nice field in Race Three. While stepping back in class, a combination of a handy field and a poor draw meant that he still went out over the odds, an $11 third favourite.
After getting a nice run through early from his second line draw, Got You Covered was well placed one out with cover in the early stages. However, with a drop in tempo at the 1000m, John was quickly on the move, sitting outside pacemaker No Nukes Skipper from the 900m. Having relaxed well in the breeze, Got You Covered was travelling best turning in, hitting the lead at 200m and then proving too strong for the chasers, B K Swy and hot favourite Delightful Dude.
Today's win was the second from just 13 starts for the Art Major three year old, which promises to create a lot more fun for his Mid Canterbury owner Wendy Nordqvist.
Got You Covered sits parked for the last 1000m , but proves much too tough
Just a few races later and you could not help but be impressed by the winning run of Somekindawonderful (in picture). Drawn a little bit awkwardly, the early tempo in the race saw John quickly off the rails and into the one-one with the Somebeachsomewhere four year old. Stablemate Magical Mali found the front at the 1600m and not missing a beat, John pressed forward to find the top at the 1400m. Held back to the pack, it was clear as far out as the 500m, that John and Somekindawonderful were travelling best of all. Asked to step out at the 300m, he quickly put three lengths on the chasers, a margin that he increased to four and a half lengths at the line.
A maiden winner on the course 13 months ago, today's win was the 4th from just 12 starts for the half brother to the very good mare American Tart - 9 wins, $97,000. He looks to have really matured as a racehorse this time in and should do a great job for his big group of owners.
Somekindawonderful was just that in putting away a good field in Race Six.
The day started for us in Race Two, where Bryan Boru franked a very good first up win, with a strong second behind a hot-pot in Andoverlov. Forced to do the lions share of the chasing from the parked position, Bryan Boru showed huge fight all the way up the long Ashburton straight. Only a three year old, he looks to have plenty of improvement in him still.
The Player was fresh up from a short spell in Race Four. Back behind midfield after the early rush for positions, John was happy to play the patient game with The Player today, saving him for one run. Still five lengths off the leaders at the 400m, John began to get busy, coming five and six wide with his run. Still well off them 100m out, he kept coming with his run beaten the narrowest of margins in a nose-nose-nose finish.
Our final two runners on the day were Spellbound and Anamajor in Race Ten for the fillies and mares. After the early rush for positions, Spellbound ended up having to race parked, while Anamajor was well spotted on the back of the stablemate. With Wild Excuse coming around to sit parked from the 800m, both of our runners received a good run the last half mile. In a slickly run race, a 1.54.3 mile, Spellbound fought on strongly for 4th, while the stablemate finished strongly, a length away in 5th.
The day's feature the Flying Stakes was won impressively by the northern raider Copy That and Blair Orange which led for the last lap and comfortably held off the All Stars runners on the back of a 53.4 last 800m and 25.2 last 400m. The Ashburton Flying Mile was won emphatically by Majestic Man, which led from the start and dominated the race in a four length victory.
Photo credit: Emily Morgan
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Mon 26 Oct 2020