Burlington looking to double up on the second day at Nelson
by Jonny Turner
Burlington will go in to Sunday’s Nelson Winter Cup after putting an unlucky streak behind him in emphatic style on Friday.
The Brent White trained 3-year-old bolted in by more than seven lengths on the first day of the two-day Nelson winter meeting.
That turned around a frustrating run for the horse, after he ran in to major traffic problems in two of his last three starts.
“It was a bit of a relief, really,” White said.
“He had been very unlucky, so he deserved it.”
Burlington’s victory in rating 52-59 company has earned him a shot at Sunday’s Nelson Winter Cup.
Though the race was not exactly on White’s agenda for the horse, it makes sense for him to tackle it.
“He is going for a spell soon.”
“But, he is part owned in Nelson and he is up here so he can have one last run before he goes out.”
Burlington steps significantly up in grade from Friday’s race to Sunday feature.
That is rise the pacer should handle, considering he was able to foot it in good company when third in the Southern Supremacy Stakes Final.
It is that 2700m mobile contest that gives White good hope the horse will be suited to the 3000m of Sunday’s race.
“The way he went in the Southern Supremacy the 3000m should be right up his alley.”
The standing start conditions of the Nelson Winter Cup are of much more concern to White.
The trainer said it was a case of hoping Burlington could step away cleanly.
“He is about 50-50 to go away, to be honest.”
“There are only five off the front and then he his off the unruly so that should help.”
“But, really, we are just going to have to see what happens.”
Change Is Good will be out to make it two from two at the Nelson meeting after the win in the Nelson Winter Cup prelude.
The Mitchell Kerr trained pacer made it four wins in a row when holding out placegetters, Spot On and Sociable.
Though Change Is Good beat that pair on Friday, she again meets them 10m better off when starting off the front.
Huey Lewis could be the improver from the Winter Cup Prelude.
The Robert Dunn trained pacer ran fourth in the event, in what was his first start since January.