Day At The Track

War Machine too smart

06:31 AM 14 Nov 2017 NZDT
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War Machine winning at Wyndham
Photo Bruce Stewart

The Tony Stratford trained trotter War Machine won his fifth race at Wyndham on Sunday and he looks to have a few more wins left in the tank. 

Although the four year old entire has only been trained by Stratford since the beginning of this season he's known him for a good deal longer.

"I had him at Macca Lodge when he was a yearling. He was nice when we broke him in and we trotted him around in a couple of preps," he said.  

In the Clearwater Contracting Handicap Trot, War Machine was aided by a swift beginning from the unruly mark and quickly took up the leaders role. 

"It's quite often the case with horses on the unruly. They turn in last and they get a bit of a run in. He's a good beginner away." 

At the top of the straight on the first lap when Mass Invasion challenged, War Machine broke for a stride or two and this put paid to the chances of Spotlight the Valley. Dunn then placed him three back on the rails. At the 400 metres he got him away from the running line. He then followed Brads Kenny into the race and trotted through a gap left by a tiring Mass Invasion. War Machine trotted to the line under his own steam to beat Brads Kenny by three quarters of a length. 

This was his first win for Stratford with the other wins coming from the Derek Balle Pukekohe stable. As Stratford points out he's always been a smart horse having raced in the two and three year old Jewels.  

War Machine with strapper Rebecca Heads and Kenny and Jo Baynes - Photo Bruce Stewart 

"He was always driven half tough when he was in Auckland. I think he's got unreal speed and he can sprint with any one of my pacers. That's the way to drive him really. He can come off a horses back and run a sub 27 second quarter on a good day."  

War Machine is owned by Kenny and Jo Baynes. 

"He's had two runs in two weeks after a long layoff so we'll probably give him a couple of easy weeks now. Because he's such a big horse he's better on the bigger circuits. He struggles around Gore and Invercargill," Stratford said.

Meanwhile Christian Cullen mare Hopes and Dreams further enhanced her value as a broodmare when she easily beat hot favourite Tiger Thompson on Sunday.

Dexter Dunn and Hopes And Dreams winning at Wyndham    - Photo Bruce Stewart.

Owned by Neville Cleaver and Kevin Strong and trained by Graeme Anderson at Westwood Beach the five year old daughter of classy mare One Dream is likely to be served by Bettor's Delight in the coming weeks according to Cleaver.

Bruce Stewart
Southland Harness Racing


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