B D Joe shines on a night of upsets at Addington

By Jonny Turner

B D Joe heading a favourite’s trifecta in the Group 2 Lamb And Hayward Canterbury Classic with a strong staying performance was as smooth as it got for favourite punters in the features at Addington on Friday night.

The Steve and Amanda Telfer trained pacer booked his ticket into the New Zealand Cup with a perfect performance to hold out Spankem and a gallant Self Assured.

B D Joe showed what kind of impact he can have on the spring with an epic last start second, zooming home from the rear behind his stablemate Alta Wiseguy in the New Brighton Cup.

The four-year-old made the most of his move off the unruly and quashed any concerns about standing start manners when stepping away cleanly to allow driver Benjamin Butcher to take him to the front.

From there Butcher controlled the race, producing a solid tempo before B D Joe sped home in smart sectionals.

“I was very happy with him and the way he travelled, he seems to be on the up and up,” the reinsman said.

In securing his place in the New Zealand Cup, the Telfer team is now able to place B D Joe where they want without needing to boost his ranking.

That means the pacer may be seen just once between now and the second Tuesday in November – in the Ashburton Flying Stakes.

“He is going to go straight to Ashburton and hopefully that will be enough for him,” Steve Telfer said.

“Once he gets through Ashburton we will make a decision whether he needs to go to the Cup Trial.”

Self Assured was gallant in defeat, sitting parked for the entire 2600m trip and only going down by just over a length in third.

Spankem trailed B D Joe and ran a commendable second in his first appearance of the spring.

The biggest impact on the New Zealand Cup picture came out of Friday night’s Lazarus Stakes which was brilliantly won by Republican Party.

The Cran and Chrissie Dalgety trained three-year-old worked early before scorching home in a sensational 54.7sec 800m to score.

The hot favourite Akuta missed a placing when peaking on his run, raising some questions about his progress towards the New Zealand Cup.

In contrast, there are no questions about where Republican Party is heading – straight into his first Group One tilt since last year’s Sires Stakes Final.

“He was made great progress through the autumn and winter and we have been rapt with him going into this race,” Cran Dalgety said.

“We couldn’t have asked any more of him tonight, that was a great win.”

“He’s off to the Flying Stakes in a couple of weeks now.”

Any queries about the impact Friday night’s results will have on the New Zealand Cup pale in comparison to the calculations for the Dominion.

In an incredible shock for trotting fans, both Muscle Mountain and Sundees Son galloped out of Friday night’s feature trot.

Muscle Mountain blew the start but in what was arguably an even bigger surprise, Sundees Son galloped during the running at the 900m, losing all chance.

During the chaos Southland trotter Smokin Bandar trotted perfectly to score a victory that is sure to massively boost his ranking at 21st in the order of entry for the Dominion.

The win came on a big night for Craig Ferguson who also produced Street Art to beat a smart field in race 12. 

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