Trainer Ray Green with Copy That, whose Victorian campaign has hit a snag.

Copy That lame after paddock accident - Ray anxiously waiting for vet to assess damage

Copy That’s Australian campaign has had another setback, an injury forcing him out of tonight’s Sokyola Sprint at Ballarat.

Trainer Ray Green does not yet know the extent of the damage to the horse’s off hind leg and what impact it will have on the rest of the horse’s summer campaign in Victoria.

“It’s a bit of a worry as he’s very lame,” said Green after discovering the horse must have kicked out at a rail in his paddock.

“He can barely put his foot to the ground and I’m just waiting for the vet to come.”

The injury, just below his hock, is the latest blow in a campaign which Green says has been a disaster from day one.

First Green’s departure from Auckland was delayed a day because of Covid paper work, preventing him from overseeing the horse’s prep for the Cranbourne Cup or even attending the meeting.

Then in last Saturday’s race, Copy That endured a torrid trip before weakening to last.

Green had been confident the New Zealand Cup winner was back to his best, however, the way he felt in training last week.

“It’s an occupational hazard. You have to be philiosophical about these things or you couldn’t do this job.

“The best scenario is he makes a quick recovery and we can continue his campaign without too much interruption.”

Copy That’s main mission is the A$500,000 Hunter Cup on February 5 and his choice of lead-up races includes:

* the A$70,000 Bendigo Pacing Cup on January 8

* the A$60,000 Shepparton Cup on January 15

* the A$110,000 Ballarat Pacing Cup on January 22 and

* the A$50,000 Casey Classic at Melton on January 29.

Our runners this week: How our trainers rate them

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Thursday night at Cambridge

Race 2: Whiz On Bye

“The object last week was to get him round doing things properly and he didn’t put a foot wrong. But I think he needs to be nursed round a couple more times and he can do that from the inside of the second row.”

Race 2: Major Grace

“She’ll win one somewhere when things fall into place for her but she’ll need a lot of luck this week from the second row draw.”

Race 4: Arden’s Illusion

Update: Scratched

“He’ll need the race on debut. He’s a little tradesman but he’s shown at the workouts and trials that he’s no superstar.”

Race 4: Bet On The Tiger

“He’s been good in his last three or four starts and he‘ll get another cheque here because he tries like hell. He’s a big horse who keeps getting better and he’s our best chance on the night.”

Race 7: Louie The Punter

“If he can take advantage of the inside draw and hold up in front he’ll be the one to beat. He likes to be in front, not at the back like he’s been in his last two starts from bad draws. He’s never gone a bad race.”

Ray Green

Ray’s comments

Friday night at Auckland

Race 5: Nirvana Franco

“She’s not going bad races but is better than she’s been showing. She’s still very green and big and dumb. Barrier three will help on Friday and she should be right in it.”

Race 7: Lincoln River

“He’s a nice little colt and is as good as any of mine. He’s out of that good mare Ideal Belle and being a Bettors (Delight) should go further on raceday. He should get a nice run from the good draw.”

Race 7: Frankie Major

“He’s a good pacer and has always shown us he has speed but it’s hard to work out where he stands until he fronts up to the other horses on racenight. You’d expect he’ll get every chance from three on the gate.”

Race 7: Beaudiene Rocknroll

“He’s a lovely colt and, while he can get a little hot sometimes, he has good manners. The mare’s left a lot of good ones. He’s right up there with the best of mine but I wouldn’t like to single out who’s best yet.”

Mark Dux

Mark Dux’s comments

Saturday night at Albion Park

Race 4: Tommy Lincoln
10.10pm NZ time

Update: Scratched

“We’ll cross the one, be in front, then I’ll play it by ear. I’ll see how he’s travelling and how much pressure they put on us. Those other two - L L Cool J and Governor Jujon - have race fitness on us but Tommy’s no slouch and is a place chance for sure. He’s done enough in preparation for this to race well.”

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