Day At The Track

Seel The Deal lays down a marker at Rangiora

08:56 PM 08 Feb 2016 NZDT
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Trainer Grant McStay, Seel The Deel and Ricky May in the birdcage after today's victory
Trainer Grant McStay, Seel The Deel and Ricky May in the birdcage after today's victory
Seel The Deal

Todays running of the Amberley Cup at the harness racing meeting at Rangiora Raceway looked to be a Hug The Wind benefit race.

The Bettor's Delight gelding from the all conquering All Stars barn has $300,000 on his card and looked a class above his rivals on exposed form.

The only question mark surrounding Hug The Wind was how would he handle the grass track which he was racing on for the first time.

Tim Williams had Hug The Wind away well from the 20 metre mark but the speed up front from the start was electric and it took Hug The Wind nearly 600 metres to join the running line , four back on the outer.

When Jerry Garcia took off around the field, Tim followed him around with Hug The Wind and sat outside the tear away pacemaker Thefriendlyassassin from the 1200 metres.

Mastering Thefriendlyassassin on the corner, Hug The Wind looked the winner for a second before Seel The Deal and Ricky May started to make ground quickly from three back in the running line.

Half way up the straight Seel The Deal went up to Hug The Wind and went straight on past to record a very impressive victory.

Hug The Wind lost no admirers in finishing a close second while a very game Thefriendlyassassin held on for third after doing all the work in front in a fast run race.

The 2600 metres from a stand on grass was cut out in a smart 3:20.2 with closing sectionals of 59.6 and 28.2.

It was the son of American Ideal's sixth victory at just his tenth start and took his stake earnings over the $44,000 mark.

Ricky May was impressed once again by his charge.

" I really have a bit of time for this horse."

" I had to slot in four back on the inner early on because Gerard (Thefriendlyassassin) was flying in front."

"Soon as the pace eased slightly I came out and sat parked and got a good run on Jerry Garcia's back after he looped the field."

"I was spotting Hug The Wind a few lengths on the corner but he has picked him up really easily in the end."

"It is not very often that you run past the blue colours with the grey stars so that made the victory even better," Ricky said.

When it was suggested to Ricky that Seel The Deal had become a grass track specialist in his short career to date and that he may not be as sharp on grit, Ricky was quick to disagree.

" I think he will be just as good on the all weather track to be honest."

" He is a very green horse at this stage of his career and has plenty to learn still."

" He has shown me enough on the all weather to suggest he will be just as effective on it as he is on grass."

" I think this horse has got a big future," Ricky said.

Ricky May is never one to build up a horse unless he is genuinely impressed by him so don't dismiss the chances of Seel The Deal when he next steps onto an all weather track.

Harnesslink Media


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