Friday night’s meeting at Addington is notable for the inaugural running of the Super Series race night. This is an exciting new initiative, with each of the featured races run for a stake of $21,000. The Robert Dunn stable have two runners in the featured Super Series races, with a further three runners in consolations.
Nikola and Return To Sender each step out in Race 2, the first of the consolations, with a stake of $12,500. They both raced in the same event last Friday, with Nikola 8th after doing a lot of work in the running and Return To Sender a solid 3rd after enjoying a good trail throughout. Essentially the draws have been reversed this time with Nikola drawing the sweet draw of one and Return To Sender drawn out at nine. John’s thoughts were that, "both horses should prove very competitive. The ace draw though really puts Nikola in this bigtime." The draw also makes the Mark Jones trained and Anthony Butt driven Major Sam the main danger.
Lumos goes around in Race 4 for the Westview syndicate. He too contests a Super Series consolation. He was fresh up last week and struck an awkward draw. Despite this he was seen to be running home with purpose for a close up 4th, behind the very impressive Franco Nikau. John was very happy with the run. "Yea he went tops. The draw means that he can be driven with the run that he enjoys. He'll be finishing over the top of them for sure."
Blazin N Cullen and Rome’s Burning contest a very competitive Race 6 over the 1950m. “Blaze” hung tough last start in a small but talented field, in a race run by the very in form Better Rock On. “He keeps on stepping up and has drawn well in what is a very strong intermediate grade field. I'm expecting a good run from him again." Rome’s Burning went a much improved race in the same event. He has drawn well in one and on his best manners should get an economical run. At his best he is a place hope at big odds.
Donegal’s Guest and Kotare Mahal have both made a Super Series final, in Race 7. This will be a hotly contested race with a number of future stars of the track engaged. Favouritism will probably be dominated by the unbeaten Upanatom and the Mark Purdon trained Didjamakem Bolt. The stable’s two runners are both in form also, but have drawn widely. Kotare Mahal has won 5 of his last 6 starts. He is superb form and just keeps stepping up. "He trialled up well at Rangiora last week beating home Copy My Past and Lauramegan. He's very well and even though this is a big test, we are expecting him to be very competitive." Donegal's Guest has had the two starts for the stable and has done well in both. "It was a great run last week and he finished off really strongly. Dex will drive and if he gets any luck he will be right in the finish also."
Lauramegan contests the boys’ race, Race 11. She was super impressive 1st up last week over the mile. With the preferential draw coming into play this time she has drawn out a little in 7. "It was a strong staying run last week and she felt great. I'm sure that if Jason gets any luck she'll give him a great sight."
Massimo steps out again in Race 12, a stand over the 2600m. He continued his fine run of form last week with a competitive 3rd behind the classy Didjamakem Bolt. Matt Purvis takes the drive again this time. "Matt's done a good job with this fella. Providing he steps and puts himself into the race again, he must be at least an eachway hope. He deserves reward for honesty thats for real."
By Mike Drury (Courtesy of ROBERT DUNN RACING)