Another great series set up by the NZMTC, the Super Series, has put together some very strong fields for Addington on Friday night.
Run under similar circumstances to the $36,000 Showday Futurity, the Super Series races are being run for pacers and trotters that were either maidens or C1-2 as of the 1st of September.
The three Super Series Finals being run for a stake of $21,000 are Maiden Pacers (as of September 1st), C1-2 Pacers (as of September 1st) and C1-2 Trotters (as of September 1st).
There are also $12,500 consolations being run for all three divisions, which is great as many of the horses in these fields will never get the chance to race, competitively, for that sort of money again.
The first of the finals, this one for the C1-2 Pacers, has assembled a terrific field headed by potential star Didjamakem Bolt, who will do battle with many up and coming pacers, including Mach Gladiator, Kotare Mahal, Bettor Rock On, Upanatom, and Smoken Roman.
I think those six runners will make up the first four, but in what order, I’m not quite sure. Although Didjamakem Bolt obviously does look the one.
The $21,000 Maiden Final should also be a great race with talented three-year-old Someardensomewhere set to do battle with the progressive Franco Nikau, who will benefit greatly off his last start Addington win.
Last week, Franco Nikau’s co-trainer Simon McMullen told Harnesslink that they expect him to work his way through to open class, but from the draw, I do slightly favour Someardensomewhere.
Away from the big two, Dapper George, New Deal, and Vice Chairman look the next best.
It is good to see that the lower grade trotters, who can occasionally be forgotten about, are also getting a go to race for some good coin.
They go to war in race ten, in what looks like a very open contest. But if Regal Petite, who has come down specifically for this race, gets things right I think she will win.
Other chances are Oh Nova, Aile Rouge, Princess Sophia, Indiana Jones, U Dream, and Astral Traveller.
In other positive news coming out of Addington, the club will trial a points system for the field selection of two races at their November 1 meeting.
By Mitchell Robertson