SMOLDA -WON NEARLY EVERYTHING INCLUDING FLYING STAKES IN 2012
WINTERFELL -OUT TO ADD TO FAMILY RECORD THIS FRIDAY
SICARIO, NOW RACING IN AUSTRALIA, LEADING ALL U NEED IS FAITH ON CUP DAY 2018. HE WAS TOO GOOD IN FLYING STAKES LAST YEAR
ALL STARS TRYING FOR 10 OUT OF 12 FLYING STAKES WINS
In only two years since Auckland Reactor’s win in 2008 have All Stars not won the New Zealand Derby lead up the Flying Stakes and they have a heavily stacked table to add to that record on Friday.
Ohoka Punter (2013) and the dead-heaters Terror to Love and Gold Ace (2011) have been the barrier to All Stars success but still leaves the stable with a formidable record.
Auckland Reactor was followed by Sleepy Tripp and Kotare Mach and after the dead heaters above came Smolda. All Stars have won the last five races in succession beginning with Isaiah and through Have Faith in Me, Lazarus, Ultimate Machete and Sicario.
SHARP AND TELFORD was Mark’s first winner in 1996 and Jack Cade added his name to the honour roll in 2002 before the golden run really began. That gives the stable 11 wins in the race in all.
All Stars is also trying for back to back wins in the New Zealand Trotting Oaks, LUBY LOU having won last year.
Two of the other three winners for the stable have been co-owned by Trevor Casey, POCARO in 2009 driven by Mark Jones and ESCAPEE in 2012. Pocaro is the dam of Kings Landing a contender for a supporting trot on Friday.
Escapee is a half-sister to WINTERFELL who is a leading hope in the NZ Trotting Championship (G3) on Friday
MIRACLE MILE UPS AND DOWNS
LETS BE FRANK -the Miracle Mile has only fallen to All Stars once-a most unusual thing among Group One races in Australasia though we have been agonisingly close at times. HAVE FAITH IN ME the only All Stars to win also went the second fastest mile run in Australia (win) in 1.47.5 three years ago. To put that in perspective at that time 1.49 had not been broken in the race.
Our little tragedy was that LAZARUS was so far below his best last year after being third in 2017. Smolda was second that year and Waikiki Beach 4th. Three of the first 4 was an achievement itself and remember Smolda was beaten a short half head, the shortest margin in Australian racing.
Have Faith In Me won at only his 4th start in Australia beating Lennytheshark after an amazing recovery from a break in the straight. It was Natalie’s first Miracle Mile win after some disappointments with Blacks a Fake.
All Stars did not have a runner when Christen Me won in 2014 nor when Beautide won in 2013 nor when Baby Bling won or the two of Smoken Up (one at the expense of Blacks a Fake beaten a nostril). Auckland Reactor could only make 6th behind Monkey King. Be Good Johnny beat Blacks a Fake into second in one of his two Miracle Miles but no All Stars .
In 2003 there had been another heartbreak when JACK CADE was beaten by dual Miracle Mile winner and all round superhorse Sokyola by a short half head like Smolda. The previous year Young Rufus had to settle for fourth. And back in 1996 IL VICOLO went down to fellow Kiwi IRAKLIS and the previous year came another second placing to Norms Daughter by IL VICOLO Mark’s first runner in the race.
4 second placings which might easily have been firsts. But at least the stable has one on the board and with more to come for sure
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