Five To Follow - 8 February
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Collect Your Cash
A barnstorming closing burst from Collect Your Cash brought up trainer, Shankar Muniandy’s, first stakes winner in the Listed Dunedin City Motors Dunedin Guineas at Wingatui on Saturday. Collect Your Cash was looking unlikely to fill a placing, let alone win the race until the final 200m, where Terry Moseley guided his mount into clear air and the pair dropped on his rivals in the closing stages of the 1500m contest.
TRAINING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Kelvin Tyler (Shockallia)
Shockallia had his first start for Kelvin Tyler at Invercargill on the 16th December, where he finished nicely for 4th in Rating 65 company. Only 49 days and 3 starts later, Shockallia was seen winning the Listed Positive Signs & Print Dunedin Gold Cup, where he has escalated his rating from 63 to 85 in the meantime. Whilst Shockallia was performing well in Rating 65 staying company in the North Island, Kelvin Tyler has clearly done a great job with the 6yo Shocking gelding since arriving in the South Island.
Given how impressive Captured By Love has been to date, the debut performance of Love Poem to run a close 2nd to that filly has to be respected. While neither filly looked to be loving the Heavy8 conditions, they streeted the opposition, as there was a further 5.3L back to 3rd. Love Poem is one to follow through the remainder of her 2yo season and beyond, as her debut suggested she has plenty of upside moving forward.
King Of The North
After beginning poorly, King Of The North set himself a hard task in the 1300m maiden at Te Rapa on Wednesday. Settling near last throughout, Masa Hashizume elected to stick to the rail, where the pair shortly found themselves searching for runs down the home straight. Once he found clear air, King Of The North closed strongly, finishing 1.3L 3rd and recording the fastest closing 800m, 600m, 400m and 200m of the race. As a 3yo son of Jon Snow, you’d expect to see him relish any extra distance beyond the 1300m this campaign.
Punters climbed into the Tracey Bliss trained 7yo at New Plymouth on Saturday, firming from $16 on open into $2.60 at the jump. It was as an easy watch for those who got the $16 available, as Ciel Butler said “Catch me if you can” on Ifndoubtgetout. The pair had their opposition’s wheels spinning well before the turn, as they stretched out to an emphatic 10L victory over Shamus and Ladies Man. It will be certainly an interesting watch if similar tactics are employed on Saturday as Ifndoubtgetout backs up in the Gr.1 BCD Sprint at Te Rapa.