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Southern Spotlight – Winton Sunday 9 September

This Sunday at the first Winton HRC meeting of the year an unusually high number of Canterbury horses will be in attendance. The innovation of new qualifying formats for the Southern Supremacy and Southland Oaks has seen some Canterbury trainers look to kick off their charges’ seasons in the Deep South this weekend.

Some 20 horses from Canterbury will be racing on Sunday at Central Southland Raceway, seven of those are fresh-up or debuting three-year-olds. Among them are some very promising types.

Here are some to look out for on Sunday:

Race five sees two promising debutantes from Canterbury line up against several promising southern maidens. Crackaheiny (1) has been very impressive, showing real dash winning two trials, while Sonatina (6) has mixed it in some very strong maiden heats and hails from the Cran Dalgety barn.

The pair will have their hands full though. There are some horses to follow out of the Deep South. El Diablo (4) carried a reputation last season and his first-up run was full of merit at Gore. McArdle Royale (8) has shown a blistering turn off foot in his trials leading into this race. New York Town (10) has shown immense promise too for the burgeoning stable of Alister Black. Add to the mix placegetters Brilliant Cruiser (9) and Don’t Wannadie (11) and you have the makings of a smart field and competitive race.

Race six may see the best head-to-head clash of the meeting. Cran Dalgety lines up Cracklin Rosie (1) and she faces a David and Catherine Butt filly named Justalittlebettor (13). The exposed trial suggests the name might be right about Justalittlebettor but the barrier draw will be a great equaliser and some suggest it will give Cracklin Rosie a key advantage.

The Robert Dunn-trained Hurricane Bromac (2) has headed south too in race seven to cherry pick some early season southern spoils. He’s in with concession junior driver Jason Thomas and he meets some fit, form locals in this one so it promises to be far from a forgone conclusion.

Coming off two comfortable wins Donegal Chokin will be looking to make it three on end in race eight. Largely untested in two runs this time in the Can Dalgety runner will be at short odds to make it a hat-trick in race eight.

Dalgety has another first starter in Flying Anvil (7) in the last of the day but she’ll have her hands full with Mad Hatter (6) whose second first-up suggested it would take a very nice horse to prevent him from winning at his next start.

First race on Sunday at Winton runs at noon.
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