Day At The Track

Inch perfect drive in $100,000 Cup

09:54 AM 18 Apr 2015 NZST
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Sheemon - Lowered Stent's colours for the second time this season at Alexandra Park
Sheemon - Lowered Stent's colours for the second time this season at Alexandra Park

Last nights $100,000 Anzac Trotters Cup at the harness racing meeting at Alexandra Park looked to be another easy scalp for Stent after he drew barrier five which gave his trainer/driver Colin De Filippi a lot of options.

The distance was right up Stent's alley and the way the draws had played out it was hard to see who would beat him.

Master Lavros led easily from barrier four with King Denny and Mark Purdon sliding across from barrier seven to face the breeze and in doing so giving Stent the prized one by one sit.

Then Mark Purdon did something that no one expected and attacked Master Lavros for the lead.

The two star trotters drew clear by several lengths before Mark Jones on Master Lavros conceded the lead to King Denny.

That move changed the whole complexion of the race with Stent now having to sit parked with his arch rival Sheemon hard on his back in the one by one.

King Denny applied the pressure a long way from home and was still travelling well as they turned for home.

Stent leveled up to King Denny just after straightening for home but Dexter Dunn on Sheemon had stalked him the whole way and flew late to grab Stent right on the post with the winning margin a mere head.

Master Lavros finished on well up the passing lane to grab third just in front of the pace making King Denny.

Sheemon trotted the 2200 metres in 2:42.4, a mile rate of 1:58.8, with closing sectionals of 56.9 and 28.5.

The winning time was a new New Zealand record, taking sixth tenths of a second off the old record held by Royal Aspirations.

Dexter Dunn was quick post race to heap praise on the son of Monarchy.

" We did get a great trip but he still really dug in up the straight"

" I think it was his will to win that got us over the line because it is never easy to run past Stent."

" He has gone great all season and won a heat of the Great Southern Star and then had no luck in the final so he deserves a win like this."

"The two miles of the Rowe Cup next week won't worry him because he is pretty adaptable so he has to be a big chance," Dexter said.

From a Rowe Cup point of view the race last night did throw some light on what should be one of the races of the season.

Stent was huge last night in defeat but so were Master Lavros and King Denny.

Master Lavros lost a bit of ground around the last bend but found the line really well and the 3200 metres is right up his alley while the run of King Denny to finish so close after doing so much work early was a real sign that he can be a player at this level

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