Day At The Track

Waterloo Sunset stops the All Stars onslaught

10:19 AM 14 Nov 2015 NZDT
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Bob Butt talking to Trackside presenter Matt Cross after yesterday's win
Bob Butt talking to Trackside presenter Matt Cross after yesterday's win

After their six winners on New Zealand Cup Day, a lot of pundits were predicting that the all conquering All Star barn could have an even bigger day on Show Day yesterday.

Prince Fearless was the most impressive of the Cup Day winners from the All Star barn, bolting in by over 13 lengths in very quick time and he was a very short priced favourite in the first race yesterday.

However as all racegoers know there are no certainties in racing and that's how it played out.

Waterloo Sunset and Bob Butt made a flyer from the 10 metre mark and were in front after 200 metres.

Bob kept the huge son of Sundon up to the mark in front until Prince Fearless and Mark Purdon looped the field with 800 metres to go and assumed control.

Just when everybody thought Prince Fearless would cruise clear for an easy win in the straight, Waterloo Sunset and Bob flew up the passing lane and went straight on past Prince Fearless for an emphatic victory. 

Bob thought he was a chance to roll the favourite.

" Waterloo Sunset had been going super prior to Tuesday's run having run second to Stent the start before."

" He wasn't a happy horse Tuesday, missing away and not trotting any good at all."

" Paul (Nairn) thought a splint was troubling him and treated it after Tuesday"

" Today he trotted the best he has ever trotted and I was confident a fair way out I would be tough to beat," Bob said.

Trainer Paul Nairn was just happy to have his huge trotting star back on track.

" He is such a big horse that he has a few niggles off and on so I am happy to have him back on track after Tuesday's effort."

"We will look at the big trot at Geraldine at the end of the month with him next but Auckland in December is on the radar as well," Paul said.

Waterloo Sunset has always looked a top trotter in the making and it is a credit to Paul Nairn that his patience is now starting to pay off.

Harnesslink Media

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