A victory by Miracle Rising last weekend is giving stock to the chances of Di’z Luck tomorrow at Addington.
The two-year-old trotting filly is Sires’ Stakes bound next Saturday, but contests a mobile maiden trot field tomorrow which looks well within her scope. Eight days ago her stablemate, and fellow two-year-old, Miracle Rising, took on the older horses under the same conditions and was able to hold off all challenges to continue his march towards the Sires’ Stakes and the Harness Jewels.
Unsighted since she finished third behind Habibi Inta and Custodian at the end of March, Di’z Luck has battled a few issues in the interim but has bounced back within the last week and is ready to run a race tomorrow.
“She was pretty crook after that last race,” Gavin said.
“And the snot has only just stopped coming out of her this week. She’ll be pretty short for this week, but I needed to get a run into her before the Sires’ Stakes race next week so that’s why she is here.”
Considering her recent battles and the fact there is a big race to chase in less the seven days, don’t expect Gavin to be asking the world of the speedy filly tomorrow, but she’s definitely there to win.
“I’ll be just happy if she gets around safely and hits the line strongly. That said, she’s very similar ability wise to Miracle Rising who won last week so you would think she would be hard to beat.
“She worked with Great Things Happen during the week and sprinted up the straight with him which is very good work for a two-year-old.”
Great Things Happen is also back in action tomorrow and taking on his biggest challenge to date as he looks to remain unbeaten as a four-year-old.
A winner twice at Rangiora last month, including an impressive five length victory at his most recent start, the big trotter will take on a couple of other handy four-year-olds in Harriet Of Mot, Le Lievre’s Gift and also Amaretto Sun.
Gavin hasn’t put too much pressure on the gelding since his last start, but is confident of a big showing again.
“I haven’t done a lot with him since that last race because he’s such a big horse."
“We fast worked him on Friday and his heart rate afterwards would suggest that he’s better than his last start so you would think he will be pretty hard to beat as well.”
The stables third big winning chance on a rare Sunday afternoon at Addington is Allison Stokke.
Second behind a smart one in Serengeti last Friday night, the New Zealand record holder looks awfully hard to beat on that performance against what is arguably a much weaker field.
“It’s a big drop in class for her, so she should be pretty tough to beat you’d think.
“I’m really happy with the way she’s come through that run last week too.
“My only concern is that she got a bit fired up last time, so I’ll be going back and trying to get her settled.
“I think with her speed she should be good enough to get home over the top of her opposition.”
With 472 career wins next to his name as a driver, Gavin is fast closing in on reaching the milestone of 500 wins.
His current season tally of 48 sees him just 10 wins shy of his personal best season of 58 which he set as a junior driver back in 2007.
With a strong looking racing team and some handy outside drives, his chances of surpassing that mark of 58 look strong with three months of racing remaining this season.