Let Me Thru bulldozes toward Interdominion

11:26 PM 12 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Harness racing trainer Chris Lang described Let Me Thru as a freak after he won his eighth straight race this season, and dispatched a top-class field in his first attempt right-handed at Alexandra Park last Friday night.

And he warned that Let Me Thru and beaten stablemate Sundon's Gift had heaps of improvement in them after a rushed change of plans when the Interdominion series was switched to Auckland.

Lang, driving Sundon's Gift, said even he was a little surprised when young pretender Let Me Thru and his son Chris jun. strode past him late in the run home in the City Of Sails Trot.

"I was hoping for Sundon's Gift's sake that it might take him another season to cope with the jump to open class.

"Horses coming from age group racing very rarely step up and beat the best open class trotters around yet he's done it in his last three starts.

"He's always been a freak but he's even surprising me to be honest.

"We deliberately didn't race him in November on the Grand Circuit because we didn't want to have him up too soon in the season and I'm glad we didn't.

"He's won 17 of his 24 starts now but what's amazing is he's the perfect racehorse.

"It doesn't matter if he draws good or bad, leads, takes a sit or sits in the death and that's what helps him win by an inch instead of losing by an inch."

Let Me Thru made it look easy as he took a half head, neck and neck decision over Sovereignty, Raydon and Sundon's Gift on Friday night but Lang jun. warned better was to come.

"Every time I sit behind him he gets better," Lang jun. said.

"You can see he's blown up over the back tonight so I think he's only about 90% fit."

Lang jun. said he believed Let Me Thru, a five year-old by Muscles Yankee from Invasion's Pride, a daughter of former Kiwi champion Landora's Pride, was comparable in ability to the stable's recently retired record-breaker and now sire, Skyvalley.

"He may not have the same speed as Skyvalley but he doesn't know how to lose."

Lang sen. said he would have been surprised had Let Me Thru not handled the reverse way of going at Auckland.

"He only wears light shoes and he takes everything in his stride. He even seems to be able to go backwards."

Lang said Sundon's Gift, beaten less than a length after leading, would derive enormous improvement from his run last Friday night.

"We'll take a lot out of tonight, not only on fitness. I've been able to assess the opposition too.

"You have to remember this has been a rushed trip. Two weeks ago we had no intention of being here at all. We've had to make a quick change of plans.

"I'm very happy with all three of my horses (Kyvalley Mac also ran seventh).

"The race we came to win is not for another four weeks."

Tariner Sean McCaffrey is confident he has the answer to why runner-up Sovereignty threw the race away when he trotted roughly and broke twice around the home turn.

"It's not a major and we can make a few adjustments to fix it," said McCaffrey describing the problem as man-made.

"We should have reshod him before the race and we didn't. I think he had too long a toe in behind because Maurice (driver, McKendry) said he half pie tripped himself up.

"He used to hang in on that bend but he drove perfectly on Friday night.

"At first I thought it might be the new Challenger cart we were using, which is much shorter like an American one, but Maurice said it was beautiful to drive."

McCaffrey said he had wanted the winner's cheque to make a statement to the Aussies that they'd have to improve to come here. But the race turned into a procession, with a middle half in 64 or 65.

"We want real competition."

Sovereignty was likely to run again on Friday night in a specially carded free-for-all.

"The more racing and practice he gets, the better and harder he'll get."

Courtesy of Barry Lichter - Sunday Star Times

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