Copy That (inside) wins the Sunshine Dash in Brisbane. Photograph / Dan Costello
When Auckland coach Ray Inexperienced thinks about what would possibly lay forward for Copy That within the subsequent 12 months he feels much more relieved he has had each his Covid vaccination photographs.
The 73-year-old admits he does not know fairly the place his steady star goes to be taking him, after some of the satisfying nights of his profession when Copy That and American Seller each gained Group races at Albion Park in Brisbane, persevering with an excellent strike fee throughout Inexperienced’s winter marketing campaign.
Copy That held off twin Miracle Mile champion King Of Swing, who was skilled by Inexperienced, within the A$100,000 Sunshine Dash, whereas earlier within the night time American Seller defied his traditional racing sample to sit down three large the final lap to win the South East Queensland Derby.
The twin victories continued an incredible winter for the small staff of New Zealand pacers on the carnival as they’ve gained at the least one main Group race each week for a month.
Copy That appears to be getting stronger and was in a position to sit parked, management the tempo and nonetheless kick clear on the prime of the straight to beat King Of Swing.
The concentrated food regimen of racing in Australia appears to have honed his health and he appears sure to return to New Zealand a extra well-rounded horse after subsequent Saturday’s A$250,000 Blacks A Pretend by which he’ll conflict with King Of Swing once more.
However Inexperienced says whereas Copy That may have a brief break, he’ll wait to see how the proposed modifications to the New Zealand open-class calendar pan out earlier than advising Victorian-based proprietor Merv Butterworth which solution to steer Copy That.
“The New Zealand Cup is an apparent goal however we need to see what occurs with the stake with all of the modifications they’re speaking about again residence,” Inexperienced advised the Herald.
“Merv has already advised me he’s eager on the largest races in Perth too however I do not assume he’s too anxious in regards to the Inter Dominions [New South Wales].
“After which we now have Melbourne in the summertime and must work out the place the Auckland Cup [expected to move to May] finally ends up.”
With American Seller racing so nicely Inexperienced has critical horses to goal at profitable races however like all people realises the world has modified and as he’s, in his personal phrases, “no spring rooster” he’s happy he was in a position to get each his vaccination photographs earlier than heading to Queensland.
“I wished to journey as secure as potential but additionally have a very good case to have the ability to come residence if we acquired caught right here,” he explains.
“And with so many states in unhealthy positions over right here you realise how rapidly issues can change and the way necessary it’s to be vaccinated and guarded as a lot as you could be.”
Whereas the draw for the Blacks A Pretend race might be essential, Copy That has developed a lot he’ll now be a key participant in any main race and is already the $3.20 TAB favorite for the NZ Cup in November.
Proprietor Butterworth put a $1 million price ticket on Copy That when brokers inquired whether or not he was on the market to North America final week.
Attracts might additionally inform the story of this Saturday’s Queensland Derby by which American Seller will tackle fellow Kiwi pacer Krug.
American Seller has been excellent in his final two wins and has overwhelmed Krug earlier than however will wrestle to repeat that ought to the latter draw inside him for the traditional.
Auckland Cup winner Superb Dream continued her love-hate relationship with punters within the A$100,000 mares race on Saturday night time when she was overwhelmed into third, the fourth main mares race she has misplaced when odds-on within the final eight months, but she routinely wins Group 1 open-class races just like the Auckland Cup and final week’s Rising Solar.