Sundees Son looking to etch name in harness racing's record books
The brilliant, but sometimes unpredictable individual that he is, Sundees Son will this afternoon chase glory in Addington's Group One Dominion Handicap over the 3200m. Already a multiple Group One winner, this is a race that has eluded as yet, both horse and stable. For owners Colin and Nancy Hair, it would mean the culmination of all their hopes after what must have seemed a frustrating journey at times over the years. "Cometh the hour, cometh the man," may be the appropriate epithet, as we cheer on our champion trotter at 4.36pm this afternoon.
The pre-post favourite on the fixed odds for last year's race, Sundees Son's campaign unravelled throughout the spring and he was eventually pulled from that race and given all the time that was needed for nature to do it's thing. In just three starts through the spring, he was super impressive in winning the Ordeal Cup and the Canterbury Park Cup. His only miss was at his last start at Kaikoura where he went off stride, checked by a breaking runner in front of him. While some of the betting public may have been concerned with that miss, not so his his driver this afternoon John Dunn.
"No not at all," said John.
"He had handled the track well and was travelling a treat really when he got that little check that saw him lose his stride."
In his preparation since Kaikoura, John has been super happy with what he has seen and felt from the Majestic Son six year old that is chasing win number 17 this afternoon.
"He's been really good and I actually think that draw should be pretty good for him."
"He's generally not the fastest away, so from out wide that should give him that wee bit of time to settle."
While this afternoon's field is a good line-up, you do get the feeling that if the "real" Sundees Son turns up, that Addington Raceway could be in for something special this afternoon.
The Hairs are also represented this afternoon by an ever improving Woodstone, a good 4th on Tuesday behind the mobile. He will be partnered by the country's top reinsman Blair Orange.
"He did well on Tuesday and is actually running some nice races. We have had a lot of tying up problems with him, but he does seem a lot better now, so we expect a good run from him also."
Our final runner in the Dominion is Pres Da Belle. She was a bit keen in the running off the gate on Tuesday, but has shown that she can mix it with the best in the past and while one of the roughies in the race, should not be dismissed as a place hope.
We wish the connections of all three runners the very best this afternoon.
Posted: Fri 13 Nov 2020