Little brother My Copy is actually the big one in the family but he’s no Copy That
They’re as different to look at as chalk and cheese but the one thing that My Copy shares with his pin-up older brother Copy That is his laid back nature.
And 25 minutes after Copy That stunned Cambridge racegoers with his courageous win from a 70 metre handicap, baby brother came up with his own career best performance, scoring in a slick 2:40.4 to win his second race from just eight starts.
And just like Copy That charged from last, My Copy came from well back, swinging six wide round the home turn before unleashing his winning run, a feat seldom achieved at Cambridge.
But it’s there that the similarities betwen the two pacers end.
My Copy is very big, dark brown, near black, while Copy That is small and bay.
“You wouldn’t believe they’re out of the same mare (Woodlands Stud’s Lively Nights),” said Lincoln Farms’ trainer Ray Green whose wife Debbie owns the three-year-old.
“My Copy’s sire Highview Tommy, a tiny horse, produces a big horse and American Ideal, who is quite a big horse, leaves little Copy That.
“He is a nice, laid back type like Copy That but of course he’s a gelding.
“He’s a big, lanky thing and has been a bit of a weakling. He’s been using all his energy growing so we had no choice but to be patient with him.”
Green was also also forced to stop on My Copy last season when he first had a bone chip removed from a fetlock then developed a seedy toe.
“We could have pressed on and tried to fix it as we went but we were advised not to.”
My Copy hinted he was on an improvement curve winning his maiden last month at Auckland and when Green drove him in work last Wednesday he gave him a new feel.
“Maurice said he felt fantastic in the race too so he’s obviously turned the corner.
“The final fractionals weren’t so hot - but his overall time was very good and the way he came home gives you hope he can continue his form. He wouldn’t have to improve much to win another one quite quickly.
“But it’s not easy out there once you’ve won a couple of races and you can see why people unload them as soon they can if they’re not derby types.
“We’re not planning on selling him just yet but if someone came along with a decent offer we might. Plenty are being sold for good five figure sums who aren’t as good as him.”
Big brother will board a flight to Christchurch on Tuesday for the final countdown to his defence of the $600,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup on November 8.
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Race 2: Frisco Bay
“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.”