Day At The Track

Henry shows his class

08:13 AM 05 Feb 2018 NZDT
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Henry Hurbert after winning at Wyndham
Photo Bruce Stewart

Henry Hubert didn't like his one draw at Wyndham today (Sunday).

After being well off the gate when it dispatched in the Nuggets Final, starter Ben Ward deemed that the horse behind Henry Hubert - Franco Rebel, was disadvantaged at the start and he called a false start.

Henry Hubert was then sent to the outside of the second row for the re-run. But at the end of the day it didn't matter.

Driver John Dunn settled the three year old last after the early rush with Vin Scully taking up the early lead. At the 1000 metre mark Dunn followed up a couple of improving horses and was putting the pressure on Vin Scully at the 800 metres. At the 600 metres Henry Hubert had taken the lead and there he stayed beating Vin Scully by two and a quarter lengths. 

Easy winner in the rain - Henry Hubert - Photo Bruce Stewart.

"The last two weeks he's drawn one which was probably the worst I could have drawn. He's been really good from outside the front line. There's no need for it (his behaviour) but he'll come to it," said Dunn.

The Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes in April on Diamonds Day is certainly one of the Bettor's Delight colt's late season aims. 

"He's got the ability but his manners and his gate manners would need to improve for us to bring him down. But that's definitely the aim. He went massive in the Sires Stakes Consolation getting home in the sectionals like he did." 

Dunn was full of praise for the Southern Harness scene, complimenting the area on it's various series.

"We have Pitch Black trained by father in-law (Craig Edmonds with his daughter Aimee) and Borntobeastar which we hope to bring down for the Southland Trotting Oaks." 

The $20,000 feature will be held at the Northern Southland Trotting Club's feature day on Saturday 10th March.

Bruce Stewart

Southland Harness Racing


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