Well, in the past week there's been much to marinate on. Yesterday's (Monday October 22) Flying Stakes meeting threw up some harness racing questions, maybe answered some too.
Here’s what he have from that and looking forward.
- After the Flying Stakes we caught up with all the drivers in the race. Here’s what they had to say.
- Caribbean Blaster keeps ticking away over there in Australia. He was a solid winner last Friday and posted good numbers again. It’s the Kilmore Cup this week then hopefully a trip to NZ for the NZ Cup. He will certainly add plenty of interest and a fresh form line. So how does his form stack up? The Aussies would have us think very well. Can’t wait to find out. See video below.
- Some key lead-up races again coming in over the next seven days. The Kaikoura Cup is the obvious one very strong field set to assemble. The extra week between the Kaikoura Cup and the advent of the rankings are two major factors in the races favour this year. Promises to be a cracker. Can bounce back to form? What about the many horses riding the bubble in the rankings? Calvglass Imports Limited Trot sees I Can Doosit looking for win 15 in a row. The final Sires Stakes heat is a massive race at Addington on Friday night. The likes of Franco Nelson, Alta Christiano, Bettor , Mighty Flying Mac, Classiesistar and many more are clambering to grab those last few spots should be an epic race, even though it is just a heat. There will be some very smart three-year-olds miss the big show on Cup Day. Note: the Sires Stakes Silver will be run as part of the programme on Show Day, not at Ashburton as the case was in the past.
- A passing lane will be in use for the first time at Kaikoura this year. The innovation should see even more exciting racing and less of the unlucky runners we might have seen in the past. The passing lane will add a new dimension to the racing and may change the dynamic of the races themselves and the tactics drivers employ. Can’t wait for it. The club deserves congratulations for taking the step. Very few tracks without passing lanes these days. Certainly was a great addition to Motukarara a few weeks ago.
- Trainspotting moment: Five years ago to the day on Kaikoura Cup Day won his fourth start on the South Bay track in a standing contest.
- Another season added to the HRNZ database. The 1983/84 racing season with breeding details also is now up and running on the HRNZ Infohorse database. Historical driver, trainer, horse and breeding records are getting more accurate and better with these enhancements. Adding these extra years onto the database will, in time free us up to add further reports of interest to, such; as all-time, stakes leaders, most wins (horses/people), breeding reports etc. If there’s a report you’d like to have added to the website please shoot me a line and we’ll see if we can make it happen.
by Andrew MORRIS
Caribbean Blaster too good: