Day At The Track

Smart field for Ordeal Trotting Cup

01:57 PM 11 Sep 2014 NZST
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Imperial Count - First start in New Zealand in Ordeal Trotting Cup
Imperial Count - First start in New Zealand in Ordeal Trotting Cup

One of the more established races for trotters on the harness racing calendar is the time honoured Ordeal Trotting Cup.

Established in 1965 in honour of the great trotter Ordeal 1:59.3 ($83,053) who was an early trailblazer in North America, the race has been won by some champions over the years like Sir Castleton and Take A Moment.

This years Ordeal Trotting Cup at Addington tomorrow night has brought together a smart group of open class trotters headed by last weeks stunning winner Habibti.

Missing away from the stand last week and settling eight lengths behind the pack should have spelt the end of Habibti's chances but as champions do, she picked herself up and reeled them in late for a stunning win.

It was her first run for over eight months and she should have derived a lot of benefit from the outing. 

With the Ordeal Trotting Cup being a mobile event Habibti would appear very hard to beat but her draw of eight and a much stronger field than last week means she is no certainty.

Sheemon from barrier seven with Dexter Dunn in the bike is a big danger to Habibti.

The son of Monarchy was a touch below the best at three but at four stepped up and got better as the season went on with his win in the Jewels a highlight.

Only out of the money five times in 36 starts, Sheemon is as reliable as he is talented.

The interesting runner in the field is a son of the great Angus Hall in Imperial Count who is having his first race night run in New Zealand after a great career in North America.

The winner of $854,903 in North America and with a best time of 1:53.2, Imperial Count was good enough as a three year old to compete in the $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Derby so at his best he would be very competitive here.

He hasn't raced for 15 months and his trials have been ok without being special but there is no doubting that the ability is there and he does have the Butt brothers in his corner.

The other six runners are all in good touch for this early in the season but with the class of the field going up a notch from last week it is hard to see any of them rolling Habibti, Sheemon and Imperial Count.

Uncas, Clover Don and King Of Strathfield are the three we like to round out the trifectas and first fours.

Harnesslink Media

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