Cracking start to the holiday racing for Diamond Racing

What had already been a great start to the holiday period for Diamond Racing got a whole heap better yesterday at Motukarara, with the three winners, from just the three starters, including a dead-heat victory with Got You Covered in the day's feature the Motukarara Xmas Cup.

It had already been a good start to the holiday period with the win of Mataderos at Rangiora, followed up a few days later by a further win at Ashburton with Puzzled. While only the three runners headed yesterday to Motukarara, they came away with the perfect result, with all three greeting the judge. 

The day started on the best possible note with maiden trotter Yuri, fresh up after a spell doing things all right in the first of the day and getting a much deserved win for owners Colin and Nancy Hair. Surely one of the better maidens in commission until yesterday, Yuri stepped perfectly to be up disputing the pace with a lap to go. After finding the top, he then relinguished that position to Silverlinings at the 1400m getting the perfect run thereafter. Always appearing to be travelling like a winner, Yuri cruised to the lead once the passing lane presented itself, before going on to comprehensive win by one and a quarter lengths. The veteran of just nine starts, Yuri had run three placings prior to yesterday's victory.

Yuri recorded his maiden victory after displaying perfect manners in Race One

The second runner for the day was Got You Covered in the Motukarara Xmas Cup. Well away from the stand, he was able to find a beaut position early for John landing in the coveted one-one spot. In a race that was led from the top by a good stayer in Laver, there were no moves throughout the race until the field turned for home. John was the first to lodge his claim with Got You Covered coming three wide to lodge his claim, with favourite Gilligan's Island, immediately to his outside coming with an equally good run. After hitting the lead together at the 200m, they fought out a great battle all the way to the line, with the photo finish unable to separate the pair at the end of the 2810m staying trip. 

Also a winner at Addington at his previous start, Got You Covered has done a great job for Mid Canterbury owner Wendy Nordqvist, yesterday's win his 4th from 19 race starts and with over $37,000 in the bank. 

Got You Covered dead-heats for 1st in the day's feature

The final of the three runners was another last start winner and a horse quickly making a big impression since crossing the Tasman in Mataderos.

Having to come from a 35m handicap, Mataderos made a good beginning to be well enough placed in the midfield after just 500m. By the time the field sailed past the judge with a lap to go, he had improved his position to be sitting three back the outer and appeared to be trotting a treat. Sent forward by John  at the 800m, Mataderos loomed large turning in, quickly mastering the pacemaker Majestic Hurricane at the 300m. Under moderate urging from John, he quickly put three lengths on his rivals, cruising to the line with plenty more up his sleeve. With the three wins from just four starts in New Zealand, he is fast becoming one of the more exciting commodities in the intermediate trotting ranks.

Mataderos gains his third win from just four NZ outings

With the three driving wins yesterday, John has taken his personal winning total over the last 10 days to a staggering 13 wins. A winning drive with Mataderos at Rangiora on the 20th, was followed by a further three wins at Ashburton on the 23rd. While there were no stable runners at the two day Westport meet, that didn't stop John heading west and bagging six wins over the two days, before his three win haul yesterday. He is again on the road today with a further six drives including the in-form Belmont Major for cousin Tom Bagrie in today's Reefton Cup. Tomorrow John will be jetting north to Auckland for their big Auckland Cup meeting, where we will be represented by Matt Damon in the day's feature and by Sundees Son in the Group One National Trot.

Posted: Wed 30 Dec 2020