Copy That clinical in Founders Cup, taking his winning strike rate to an excellent 50%
Copy That blew off the cobwebs for next week’s $47,500 City Of Auckland Free-for-all with little more than a jog round in tonight’s The Founders Cup at Alexandra Park.
In winning the Lincoln Farms’ sponsored race, Lincoln Farms’ stable star had to pace only 2:40.7, more than four seconds slower than his 2:36.4 win over the same 2200 metres trip on the course last September.
The fresh-up win was never in doubt after driver Maurice McKendry was easily able to cross from the outside of the gate to lead on the first turn.
“They were never going to stop me getting the front,” McKendry told trainer Ray Green afterwards.
“Maurice was pretty high on him and said he just jogged it,” Green said.
McKendry never put Copy That under pressure as he reeled off a 55.6 last half and 26.4 quarter to beat Christianshavtime by one and three quarter lengths with the same margin to third-placed Spirit Of St Louis.
The easiest $15,675 Melbourne owner Merv Butterworth will ever make had the owner “pretty excited” in a post race phone call to Green.
It was the American Ideal four-year-old’s 16th win from only 32 starts and took his career tally to $332,504.
“He’s pulled up really well and we’ll be here next week for the City Of Auckland Free-For-All,” Green said.
Following that Copy That will trek south to contest the Group I $100,000 Breckon Farms/All Stars Racing Easter Cup (3200m) at Addington on April 3.
Butterworth was left ruing what might have been an hour earlier when She Reigns, whom he races with Team Rogerson, staged a spectacular comeback after an early mistake to run a close third to Emma Frost in the $27,930 Group III Northern Trotting Stakes.
Beaten only two lengths after starting from the 30 metre back mark, She Reigns trotted 3:24.5 for the 2700 metres, just six tenths of a second outside Pretty Majestic’s New Zealand mares’ record.
Earlier, American Dealer lost no friends for Friday’s $200,000 Woodlands Northern Derby after having to sit parked for the last lap of the Derby Prelude.
Having his first start for two months the little fighter stuck gamely to finish a neck and three lengths from winner Krug, who held off a spirited late dash from It’s All About Faith.
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Wednesday night at Redcliffe
Race 5: Man Of Action
“I’m having a drive behind him tonight to see if I can find out why he’s not going well. He’s doing everything wrong - pulling hard in the warm-up and not wanting to go in the race, pacing badly and getting on himself. Normally they do that if there’s something wrong so I’ve got to find the problem. We’ll do our best tonight but I’ve got the acupuncture man coming tomorrow in case he has back end niggles.”
Friday night at Auckland
Race 7: Copy That
“He’s capable of anything, he’s such a spectacular horse. He’s a serious Grand Circuit horse, a world class horse, and if he had to go 1:50 it wouldn’t worry him. He’s really come on in the last 10 days and last Saturday at the workouts he grew another leg. I can’t imagine anything beating him.”
Race 9: Louie The Punter
“He trialled well last Saturday and has trained on well. If he gets a trip I’m sure he’ll be right there. It’s just an average field.”