Exciting Formula One into gear for raceday debut
Formula One, who is unbeaten in five workouts or trials, will be the centre of attention in his first race at Forbury Park on Thursday night.
The Mach Three-Raise Your Spirits 2-year-old gelding, won a workout at Motukarara on Saturday for new trainer Bruce Negus. Formula One had his other four outings with Ryal Bush trainer Hamish Hunter, slipping over a mile 1.58 at Wyndham last month. He was transferred to Negus at Burnham four weeks ago after being bought by Greg Brodie, of the Gold Coast.
Brodie has raced big winners, Courage Under Fire and Sly Flyin from the Negus stable and both won first up as 2-year-olds. Courage Under Fire did the job at Forbury Park in 1998 and carried on to win his first 24 starts.
Dexter Dunn has switched from Katy Perry to stablemate On The Town in the heat of the Sires' Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Thursday night.
Cran Dalgety, the trainer of Katy Perry and On The Town, also has Bettor Think Twice (Matthew Williamson) and Storm Maguire (Trent Lethaby) in the field.
The drive on Katy Perry has gone to John Dunn, who drove her to finish second to Rocker Band in a heat at Addington this month. John drove Venus Serene to win the Forbury Park heat last year.
On The Town has drawn one over the 1700m (mobile) with Katy Perry on the outside of the front row Dexter has driven On The Town in her two wins, both at Addington. He has driven Katy Perry to win the Breeders' Crown Final at Melton in August and her six other wins.
Katy Perry won a heat of the Sires' Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Forbury Park 12 months ago. The heat has been transferred to Addington this year. It had been staged at Forbury since 1988, except for 2009 when the meeting was transferred to Addington.
Dexter has been declared for Onedin Mach in the Four and Five-Year-old Championship on Thursday, indicating his own horse, Northview Major will not start.
- The Southland Times