COME ON ‘JOHN DEERE’

Farm Yard Tractor is out again at Borrowdale Park in the 1900m Maiden Plate and despite his name is proving to be a consistent sort. It’s considered unlucky to change a horse’s name (I have nothing against tractors but for a racehorse?) so let’s go with a nickname rather and call him John Deere.

He might need a boost to get the better of his stable companion Seattle Frost, and the filly, Diamonds ‘n Rubies, on Sunday, but I am rooting for him, regardless.

This is an interesting field in that Seattle Frost, “John Deere” Diamonds’n Rubies and Hold The Biscuit finished behind Lil Miss Gee in a 1700m Maiden Plate on January 5. Seattle Frost was 2.50 lengths off the winner and “John Deere” 0.05 lengths further back. Diamonds “n Rubies was. 5.55 lengths off Lil Miss Gee.  That day Seattle Frost received 1 kg from his stable mate, but this time they both carry 60 kgs.

I had a word with Thomas Mason who trains Seattle Frost and “John Deere” and, although he expects both to give a good account of themselves, he feels Seattle Frost will relish the extra ground.  Probably true, on breeding, but “John Deere” ran a decent third over 2000m when in South Africa.

Of course, the Twice Over (GB) filly, Diamonds ‘n Rubies, may upset both apple carts and if Farm Yard Tractor doesn’t win I will say he hasn’t had time to get used to his classy nickname. And there are other runners.

Come on, “John Deere”.

Photograph by Jenny Stock: Diamonds ‘n Rubies with Norbert Takawira up. Wes Marwing rides this filly on Sunday, and Takawira is on “John Deere”.

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