Last season’s Hunter Cup winner, Mah Sish, will take his first step towards the New Zealand Trotting Cup on November 13 when he competes in Sunday’s Hannon Memorial at Oamaru.
And on the back of two more than tidy trials, he looks the one they all have to beat.
The now seven-year-old son of Mach Three, who confirmed himself as a genuine Grand Circuit performer earlier in the year, had his first trial for the season at Rangiora on the 26th of August where he downed a handy field, before repeating the dose on the 2nd of September. On that occasion he beat the likes of Greenburn Creek, Pass Them By and dual New Zealand Cup champion Terror To Love.
“He seems to have come back really well and both of his trials have been great,” said Mah Sish’s regular driver, Anthony Butt.
“He is ready to go, and I think he is the one they all have to beat,” added an upbeat Butt.
Perhaps the hardest for Mah Sish to beat will be last week’s Maurice Holmes Vase winner, Four Starzzz Flash. While, Highview Tommy, Mach Banner, Choise Achiever and last year’s winner, Franco Ledger, all pose as serious threats.
I was initially disappointed with Franco Ledger’s fresh-up fourth in the Maurice Holmes Vase, but after speaking with both Colin De Filippi and Hamish Hunter I have changed my tune.
“All and all I was actually quite pleased with him last week,” said Hamish Hunter.
“You can’t compare apples with oranges. Last campaign was completely different as he missed the Harness Jewels and was in the paddock six weeks earlier; therefore he had a much longer preparation.”
“He only finished two lengths from the winner last week and I think he will have benefited greatly from the run.”
Colin De Filippi shared Hunter’s sentiments.
“I think they might have just gone a bit slow for him last week.”
“He went three seconds quicker when he won the race last year. I think with a bit of pace on he can definitely come over the top of them,” he added.
Hunter also has Devil May Care engaged to race on Sunday and on the back of a strong second he looks a very good each-way chance.
“He is a lovely wee horse with brilliant standing start manners.”
“He has had a couple of runs back now, so he is pretty screwed down.
“I think he is a good place bet.”
By Mitchell Robertson