Owner Phil Cook greets Riverman Sam after his win at Cambridge in June, in stronger company than he meets on Thursday. PHOTO: Chanelle Lawson.

Left-handed Cambridge track suits both Riverman Sam and My Copy on Thursday

A switch to Cambridge’s left-handed way of going could be all that Riverman Sam and Copy That need to get a slice of the stake in the feature race at Cambridge on Thursday night.

Lincoln Farms’ trainer Ray Green, feeling a little better after being discharged from hospital last Friday, albeit still a bit weak, says both horses have solid claims in the sixth race.

“I think Riverman Sam is the best horse in the race. He’s a really nice horse and people sell him a bit cheaply.

“He’d be good enough to go in the race against Copy That at Auckland on Friday but he’s probably not on top of his game yet, he might need another run.”

Riverman Sam resumed from a break of nearly two months at Auckland 11 days ago and, badly in need of the hit-out, beat only one home.

He was scratched from his assignment last week when he came down with a bit of a temperature and had mucous coming out his nose.

“If we’d raced him he would have got worse. But Andrew (stable foreman Andrew Drake) thinks he’s over it now.

“He gets round the corners better the Cambridge way and, even from a wide draw, I could see him getting some of it.”

Four of Riverman Sam’s six wins have been at Cambridge, the most recent in June when he beat a stronger field than he meets on Thursday.

“My Copy is another who’s better the left-handed way round,” says Green. “The way he trialled the other day, he should go well.”

Against five rivals over 2050 metres at Pukekohe last Saturday, My Copy went back early but driver Andre Poutama looped the field quickly 1200 metres out to lead and, despite being hotly challenged late, held on by a nose over stablemate Neptune, with another nose to the fast-finishing Blameitonthenight.

Green says not to take any notice of My Copy’s lacklustre seventh at Auckland last week, which blotted a first-class form line.

“He locked on the pole and couldn’t get round the corners. He’s still a green sort of a horse but he does things better the Cambridge way and should go a good race.

“He’s not a bad horse, no champion, but a tidy horse. With a good trip I can’t see why he can’t get some of it.”

My Copy has had two starts at Cambridge for a win and a nose second to the smart Dontstopmenow, who franked the form winning again at his next start at Auckland.

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“He obviously needed the run last week. He pulled his way round the field and sat outside the leader but he couldn’t cop a run like that first-up and got tired. The ability is there, whether he’s fit enough or not we’ll find out. But I expect him to go well, the three draw is much better than last week.”

Race 2: Lenny Lincoln

“He’ll probably need a race but he’s capable of running a slot. He’s unlucky not to have won a race, all three of his seconds were good. He’s got a bit better with each of his trials this time in and he got home well last Saturday, after coming widest on the turn.”

Race 3: Obadiah Dragon

“The way the race was run at Cambridge last week, his effort wasn’t bad at all. Moni (Monika Ranger) said he felt strong and, if he’d been a few slots closer, he would have been right in it. He’ll be improved for the run.”

Race 3: Leo Lincoln

“He’s very consistent - he’s only missed a couple of cheques. But he’s another just coming back and should improve with the run.”

Dan Costello Race Photography