Best of three for Cox at Ascot

DRIVER: Jonny Cox
DRIVER: Jonny Cox

Jonny Cox could drive three winners at Ascot Park tomorrow.

His best chance is Eddie Boy in the Happy 18th Courtney Dempster Pace. Cox and the 5-year-old Elsu gelding combined for a 9 1/2-length maiden win at Oamaru last Sunday. Cox hardly moved in the sulky as Eddie Boy cruised clear from the 500m.

''He switched off coming down the straight,'' the horseman said.

''He's still got a bit to learn, but when his brain clicks into gear, he'll make a very nice horse.''

Cox's other main drives tomorrow - Sunnivue Ted and Lord Mamaduke - ran solid races at Oamaru last Sunday.

Sundon trotter Sunnivue Ted was fourth in a three wins and faster discretionary handicap and Lord Mamaduke ran out of room when finishing fast for fifth in the Kurow Cup.

Sunnivue Ted should have improved since the Oamaru outing because it was his first race for six months.

Portobello trainer Steve Ashton plans to take Sunnivue Ted to the New Zealand Cup meeting at Addington in November.

''On his day, he can compete with the good ones,'' Ashton said yesterday.

Lord Mamaduke starts off the back mark of 40m in the Macca Lodge Handicap, with his main rivals, Kai Bree She and Lord Forbes, beginning from 20m.

''It's a winnable race, but there a couple of good ones in it,'' Cox said of Lord Mamaduke's prospects.

Cox is in his third month of working for Eddie Boy's Westwood Beach trainers, Graeme Anderson and Amber Hoffman.

The Southland Times