Day At The Track

Sovereignty regains form in time for Triple Crown

12:17 PM 22 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Sovereignty - has found form at the right time.
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Patchy trotting star Sovereignty looks back in top form after a dazzling display at Alexandra Park last night.

And his return to form may have come at just the right time with the start of the Alexandra Park ‘Triple Crown’ just a few weeks away.

After starting from a 40 metre handicap, driver Maurice McKendry settled Sovereignty in the one-one, before unleashing him in the home straight. He then dashed away from a comprehensive 5 & ¾ length win in a tidy time of 3-28.7.

It was the nine-year-olds 27th career victory and 14th win at Alexandra Park. But, while he has won group One races at age group level as well as a National Trot, a Rowe Cup win would put the icing on his racing career.

Other impressive winners on the card included classy three-year-old trotter Tout Noir, who extended his win streak to three, while Mach’s Gladiator remained unbeaten at the Park when winning in a smart time of 2-41.0.

“We sent him up to Todd (Mitchell) to chase the good stakes on offer and it has certainly worked out well so far,” said co-owner Ronnie Dawe, who has previously raced Continental Auto with Mitchell.

“He went through a patch were his form just evened out a bit, but he seems to have improved again of late and is now racing better than ever,” enthused Dawe.

Meanwhile, Dawe is confident of success with Free Falling, who holds a NZ Derby nomination, at Methven on Sunday.

“Phil (Burrows – trainer) rates him very highly, but I guess we will find out how good he is over the next few weeks,” he added.

By Mitchell Robertson


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