Unbeaten Elo Louise makes grit debut
By Garrick Knight
Regan Todd is playing it cautious ahead unbeaten mare Elo Louise’s third start, at Rangiora today.
After two ultra-impressive wins on the grass, she heads to her local track for her first go on the grit.
Todd admits to being surprised by those first two performances and is happy to play the same modest game this time around.
“She’s taken us by surprise, if anything,” he said.
“I thought she qualified just ok but has just gotten better and better with each run.
“It’s really going to be hard for her (on Friday) with Pressed For Time in there and we’re not expecting too much.
“But we’ll get a good line on her, anyway.”
Bookies are keeping her safe with an $8.50 opening quote when markets came out last night.
The daughter of Auckland Reactor is one of two horses Todd will take to Rangiora for local horseman Stan Moore who, while still licensed, is effectively retired.
“Stan has been bringing them down to the beach for years and rung me up one day wanting me to train them for him.
“He and his wife, Bev, have been having a great time with this mare.”
Todd also has experienced pacer Claus down to race for the Moores and bookies opened him as a $4 second favourite.
He ran fourth at Motukarara on Sunday in what was his first start for 18 months and first from Todd’s barn.
With only two wins from 56 career starts, discerning punters might be sceptical about his ability, but he has popped up on occasion and Todd thinks there are still a few wins in the tank yet.
“He just blew out the other day and will need more racing to get up to full fitness.
“About 200 out I thought he was going to win easy but he just knocked up late.
“He’s got really high speed and should just keep getting better with racing, I think.
“If he can settle and handle I think he’s a good chance.”
Rounding out Todd’s Rangiora team is Black Jacket, an inexperienced trotting filly that hasn’t delivered as hoped in her two races to date.
“She’s been disappointing, which is a shame because I really like her.
“We’ve put Blair (Orange) on her just to give her every opportunity.
“She has been working well and seems good but will want to shape up a bit this time.”