Sonova Gun set to go at Ascot
Promising 3-year-olds Sonova Gun and Cool Delight squareoff in race seven at Ascot Park today after scoring impressive wins at Wyndham a week ago.
They have drawn alongside each other at five (Sonova Gun) and six for the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup Day 26th January Pace. Another Wyndham winner, Julia Jones, who rates as a half-sister to former top Australian pacer Sokyola, is also in the event.
Sonova Gun was wide before leading for the last 1200m at Wyndham. He won with a bit in reserve by one and a-half lengths in 3min 1.1sec (2400m mobile).
The Extreme Three gelding came through the race well and Lorneville trainer Tony Stratford expects another forward showing today.
''I hobbled yesterday and he felt terrific,'' Stratford said.
Cool Delight's win at Wyndham was also meritorious because she raced without cover over a mile and forged clear near the line to clock 1:58.1.
Wyndham owner-trainer Greg Hunter is satisfied with Cool Delight's work since the win.
''She's done a bit of cantering, seems bright and is eating good.''
In form trotter Three Strangers will be looking to complete a hat-trick of wins when lining up in the Elmwood Catering Handicap. Her winning sequence began at Gore on December 27 and continued with an easy victory at Wyndham last week. She meets a similar field today, with the main danger being North Taieri gelding Waitoto Express.
Consistent squaregaiter Gentle Georgia deserves success in the Zilco Products Trot after compiling a tidy record of two seconds, three thirds and a fourth from seven starts this season.
Makarewa co-trainer Leith Robertson said Gentle Georgia was in good order.
''She might have lost a bit of speed but she makes up for that in manners,'' he said.
Meanwhile, classy 3-year-old Rowchester has been bought out of Brent Shirley's Ascot Park stable by Perth trainer Gary Hall.
Rowchester is a rising star in southern harness racing winning three of five starts.
- The Southland Times