ASHBURTON DECEMBER 10
Better With Bourbon-5th in 2.03
"Went ok but we are just pushing him to do it at this stage so he will be better off with a wee break now and he could be gelded as well. He will make it just not this early''
Big Lucy-Ist 2.01.9 (28.5)
"She won and went well just as Supersonic Miss (1st 2.02.4 (27.&) did as well. But they will both have a couple of weeks out now. Going well.''
Alannah Hall and Arya
"Ran second and third and they ran around 2.05 and went well. A little break for them too but they are coming along well for the two year old
trotters races which are not that far away''
Alto Orlando -2nd 2.01.9 (27.9)
"Yes I was pleased with him. Ran on well. Ready for a bit of a break now too but will come back even better''
Assassinator-1st 1.59.8 (28.5)
"Yes very good run too. He is a tough wee bloke and he dug in well. Maybe a short break now but he will be back big time I am sure ''
Arising Easton 2nd 2400m 3.03.5 (27.2)
"Just beaten by Whisper Jet and good effort. Headed for Westport at this stage''
"Yes good run. I was a little each way about her run at Addington but she was a lot sharper today and put in good. May go to Westport too but not finally decided''
Border Control 1st 3.02,7 (55.5: 27.7)
"Maybe a little harder run than I was expecting tho he won by 17 he might have been nudged a bit. I am going to give him a couple of days off and we will assess him from there. We were going to give him a race before Marlborough but it could be another trial and go into it fresh. We will just have to see''
ADDINGTON TRIALS DECEMBER 2
HAVE FAITH IN ME Q 2.35.7 59.5/28.8.Broke at the start made ground well for third. "He went well. I will just wait and see how he came thru the race'' Mark
ASSASSINATOR Q 2.35.9 (same heat) Trailed, kicked on fairly for fourth "Nat hasn't had a chance to report on him yet but he might have been a little disappointing''
ALTO ORLANDO Q 2.33.3. 58.6/28.5. middle and ran home well. Immediate plans to be confirmed.
BETTER WITH BOURBON Q 2.33.2 (same heat) got back and ran on well.
ALANAH HALL T 2.42.4 400m in 31.2. "Quite good from both of them. They trotted around nicely which was what we wanted. They didn't qualify
but with two year old trotters it is no worry at this stage''
ARYA T 2.42.4 (same heat)
BIG LUCY Q 2.34.9 60.3/29.2
SUPERSONIC MISS Q 2.34.9 (same heat "They were travelling comfortably at the finish and I was pleased with both of them. They will probably have another trial'' Mark said.
ART CRITIC: Won in 2.27 (2.01mr) after sitting parked. "Good effort ready to race now and will soon'' driver Natalie said,
SECRET LOTION Led, headed, fought on in 2.27.8 (28.9) and not pushed. Two recent trials and ready to race.
METICULOUS: "He was a bit goofy behind the gate as you would expect with what he has been through but I was pleased with how he went " Natalie said. Off to Auckland Wednesday, race on December 13.
WHISPER JET 2nd 3 lens from Ready for Takeoff after settling last . 3.21.5 for 2600m and good sectionals. "Ok but I think she will need another trial on that run " Natalie said,
SON OF LINDENNY T Took the Dunce of the Day award galloping hopelessly. Not much more to say.
ALLELUIA: Safe beginning went clear first round, trailed, out turn, sprinted to win tho the time was ordinary. Just a tune up. On the float Wednesday.
ISAIAH : 3rd after trailing three back. Just a tuning run for Auckland. In the Wednesday float team.
BORDER CONTROL: Stepped, up to lead bell, out conditioned by Alleluia in straight. Very encouraging but he has some weight to lose and at least one more trial before racing.
RANGIORA TRIALS MONDAY NOVEMBER 25-
Chiefly a day for youngsters to gain experience an older horses (All Star Man, Adore Me) keeping in
tune for Auckland assignments and nearly all got a tick in spite of what appears moderate results timewise in some cases. It was all about
preparation this day.
BIG LUCY in the hands of Blair was beaten half a head in a 2.41.6 heat (60.1/28.6)The young trotters ALANAH HALL (Good Sports Syndicate) and
ARYA (Trevor Casey) were the only two runners in their heat and did not go at record speeds
but trotted solidly and passed muster. Four All Stars horses lined up in the first 2yo colts and geldings. Impressive was the winner
HAVE FAITH IN ME (Bettor's Delight-Scuse Me) driven by Ross Payne.
Mark appeared to "steal" this colt as a yearling at $50,000 considering what the family is doing recently and he is raced by Mark and Dennis Dunford.
"He's still green of course and has plenty to learn but he went good'' Ross said.
ALTA ORLANDO ran very greenly down the outside but tho the
last 400m was only 29.2 he did well from back in the field. "He does that even at home'' said Nathan who drove him.
"He will learn something from this ".
ASSASSINATOR did well for third. They ran 2.37.2 which was outside the qualifying time, the last 800m in 59.5.
ART CRITIC and SECRET LOTION were next out. Art Critic (Natalie) had a nice run handy and did well considering experience to run second.
Secret Lotion which started from the outside of the gate was impressive coming from last under a hold for fourth. They ran 2.33.8 home in 57.9 and 27.8.
SUPERSONIC MISS made a big late charge under no pressure to win in 2.42.5 for Blair 60.5/28-quite a smart effort.
ICEOBAR pleased Natalie with his effort even though he was only first in the "second division" of his heat. "He was against the older horses and really he was here for the experience of running in a field.'' she said. Iceobar is a likely Auckland contender.
FOLLOW THE STARS (Mark) had the same aim sitting parked back in a field of older horses but he was coming home strongly at the finish (fourth)
He is a Young Guns contender and will be a good one on this run. ADORE ME won her heat (of course) over 2600m in 3.28 (58.7/28.3) two and a
quarter lengths in front of ALL STAR MAN
ASHBURTON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER-Mark's summary
FOLLOW THE STARS -First among the bunch of 3 in 2.02.5 58/28. A possible for the Auckland campaign.
ICEOBAR -nose away from the winner and went well. Likely to be a Young Guns contender.
KEPT UNDER WRAPS- close up third. Likely to spell. "He is Australian bred and big aims are later in the season''
STOPANDSTARE- 2.05.2 57.8 27.6 narrowly over FIGHT FOR GLORY and LINDA LOVEGRACE
"These fillies all went well but will spell now because their main aims come later in the summer''
SABELLIAN 2nd by a neck 3.09.1 57.2 26.8. "Went good. Blair felt she is better saved for one run''
CALL ME YOURS -3rd in 3.03. 5 56.6 and 27.3. "A nice enough run. Probably headed to Australia to race though''
SECRETS OUT -4th in very fast heat "Nice trial and not far from racing now''
ROCKNROLL ARDEN -2nd 3.06 -54.2/25.9 ! "Good effort and probably run in the Sires Stakes heat next week''
ALDO ROSSI - 3rd -3.10 -57/27 and WILLOW -2ND same heat "Just a conditioning run for upcoming racing and both went well''
SUPERBOWLCHEERLEADER -"Went well. Probably just a bit round at the moment so will improve. Probably run at Addington''
ADDINGTON CUP TRIALS WEDNESDAY
ICEOBAR. Handy and looked threat to win. Shied a little near the post and paced roughly. 59.8/28.6 . 2.33.9. Nice effort behind a rated juvenile.
FOLLOW THE STARS: Nathan drove and sat back and took things quietly. Nothing wrong with the run.
KEPT UNDER WRAPS: Settled back for Blair but made good ground late. Take notes, 28.6 quarter.
HUG THE WIND: Did some work and fought on well enough.
VICE CONSUL: Natalie had him reasonably handy, moving at the turn and he was too strong in 2.26.1 57.4 and 27.7> Mmm
ARISING EASTON: (same heat)Mark let him find his feet at the back but he ran on well behind Vice Consul. Looks on the improve.
NOTA LADA: Sires Stakes emergency which beat a useful field in 2.27.9 57.9 and 27.5. Won it well.
CALL ME YOURS: In the same heat with Blair in the cart. Back ran on solidly on fast quarter.
KATIE KASH: Mark Held on for third in 2.26 home in 57.5 and 27.4. Headed for Wyndham next Sunday
NOT ABOUT THE MONEY: Oh dear the bad news story in his first go galloping several times and putting on a real act.
ADORE ME: As expected lolled home from 50m for easy win.
*Four two year old fillies, the only ones in their heat, went around in a qualifier, Stopandstare doing best but none qualified.
MOTUKARARA OCTOBER 30
Katie Cash (Blair) Christian Cullen-Karina's Joy. Qualified by 4 1/2 lens in in 2.48.2.
Berlusconi 1st (dead heat) Blair 2.50.1 -equal with Thrill.
Vice Consul (4th) winner 2.45.9 58.8 29.6.
Arising Easton 9th in same heat.
Sabellian 4th 2.52.5
Call Me Yours 7th same heat
ASHBURTON TUESDAY OCTOBER 22
Conditions were dull and cold on Tuesday so really rapid times were never likely and with the big day coming up on the track on Monday. However all the All Stars team did well winning four heats and holding up their end in the rest.
BONECHIP-now a Trevor Casey racer, in partnership, showed plenty of style scooting away with his heat and the four year old looks in for a profitable time. He is a smooth gaited Monkey Bones trotter and ran homne in 60 and 28.9 after taking control a long way out. Headed for Kaikoura.
ALDO ROSSI was higly impressive sprinting clear in fine style in 56.5 and 27.9. Here is a horse improving every time he is seen in public. "We are looking at three year old races with him'' Aldo Rossi, a Rasmussen-owned American Ideal horse, was bred in Australia.
NOT ABOUT THE MONEY -we might take time to find out how good the opposition was but the former talented juvenile trotter was in a class of his own. Blair unleashed him to the lead in the middle stages and then he ran riot careering away by 11 lengths so Blair could match Nathan's effort with Arden Rooney on Sunday !. Ok so Not About the Money was vulnerable on raceday last season but boy can he trot !. Ran home on his own in 56.3 and 27.8 ! Next Friday at Addington in a mobile. Don't expect big money!.
ALLELUIA- beaten by one of Franco Nelson's huge finishes from far back but a top effort beaten a neck the half in 55.2 and the 400m in 26.7. You wouldn't be asking for much more from a Sires Stakes contender some weeks out.
ADORE ME -super impressive after losing 20 to 30m at the start.
"They were at the start a fair while and I think she expected when we turned in the second last time it was the start and she was relaxed about things but when we had to go around a again I felt her tense. Btu she went great''
ALL STAR MAN-this is the one you might have missed. He started off the same 30m mark as Franco Nelson and did some work in the middle being only a nick and half a length away. A staying type could hardly have been more impressive in a sprint home and Blair knew it. "Very good'' he said.
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE -Michelle allowed him to settle from his long mark and he loomed up wide at the turn and ran on well. He felt good to her and continues to thrive. He is to undergo a veterinary test Wednesday which could result in a change of ownership but he will be with Mark and Natalie until after the Cup meeting even if that comes about.