The rain has come to the Central Districts this weekend and that is good news for at least one of our runners, the exciting Thorn Pass.
It is always difficult when tracks go from hard to very deep quickly, as those horses that like give in the tracks, but not bottomless can miss their opportunity. It looks like this band of rain will clear though and we will get those nice tracks with cushion in them over the next couple of months, but just not this weekend!’
That shouldn’t worry Thorn Pass who races today at Awapuni in the 8th race, a Rating 75 1400 metres. A very promising horse who is good in all track conditions, he seems to grow another leg when the tracks become wet. He finished strongly for 4th fresh up with Opie Bosson in the saddle on premier day two weeks ago and he stays on board for this race.
On Saturday Taipa Tiger races over 2400 metres at Trentham on what is likely to be a heavy and testing track. He doesn’t mind wet tracks and is dropping in grade from his last start, back to rating 65 grade. He has a big weight to carry which is a disadvantage, but he is a big horse and has Jonathon Riddell in the saddle.
Our last runner for the weekend is Sadlers Rock in the Founders Cup at Riccarton. A natural stayer, he likes to get over long distances and the 2000 metres tomorrow is on the short side for him. He had an excuse last start and if the track remains just dead or good, he can belie his recent form with Mark Du Plessis in the saddle. He is being set for the $40,000 Great Autumn Handicap over 2500 metres on the 2nd of May.