Sundees Son chases another Group One scalp
The Dominion Handicap winner Sundees Son returns to Alexandra Park this evening, ready to lock horns again with his major foes in Bolt For Brilliance and Majestic Man. The National Trot over 2700m is the target and also represents another shot at a sought after Group One scalp.
A week ago at Cambridge Raceway it was Majestic Man that took the major honours after leading throughout over the mile trip on that occasion. Sundees Son was as brave as ever after sitting parked the trip, while Bolt For Brilliance got home stylishly after being off the mobile gate early. All three would have taken plenty of benefit out of that particular race.
Tonight's race represents a different challenge over the 2700m. Sundees Son has proven time and again what a great stayer he is and providing he is on his very best manners will definitely be the one that they all need to watch out for. While Majestic Man again looks a likely leader early and Bolt For Brilliance is the brilliant young gun, it is Sundees Son that has again risen to the top of the pecking order in the open class trotting ranks. His spring and summer form of 2020 suggest that he has gone to a new level and is the deserving short-priced favourite for this evening's trotting feature.
The night's big feature is the $200,000 Group One Auckland Cup, where we are represented by a relative newcomer to the stable in Matt Damon. The winner of six of just 13 starts, Matt Damon had no luck in his first look at Alexandra Park two weeks ago, flashing home for the unluckiest of 4th placings over the 2200m. His sectionals out of that race made impressive reading.
Tonight is a huge step up in company for the Bettor's Delight five year old. He will start from barrier one from the 3200m stand, with some well-credentialled rivals in Copy That, Amazing Dream and Spankem, immediately to his outside. Providing he can step on an equal footing with those more favoured runners, he may gain a soft sit on the markers and could be one to really spice up the thin end of peoples' First Fours. We wish his owners all the best in what will no doubt be a big thrill for them this evening. In what is set to be a cracking race the three aforementioned runners appear the toughest to beat.
A further Group One feature on the programme is the Sires Stakes final for the three year old fillies. Passion And Power had no joy against many of these last time out, after getting too far back in the running. From a much improved marble today, she has the chance to lob on the pace early and may get the type of run where she too, could grab some place money. However, she will need to be at her very best if she is to prove any match for Bettor Twist, La Rosa and Darling Me that are all drawn to dominate proceedings.
The final stable runner for the day is trotter One Majic Kenny. While obliged to start from 35m behind in his 2700m handicap, so convincing was he in winning last time, that he looks the toughest to beat.
With the team on a grand run of form of late, Robert and John will be looking to build on the 59 wins that they have already achieved in the first five months of the 2020-2021 season. They are already well on track to better a season best total of 121 wins set in the 2015-2016 seasons.
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Posted: Thu 31 Dec 2020