Beckett pair will be Tough Nut to crack
Nothin' Leica Star won the Tapanui Cup nine years ago and tomorrow, one of her offspring, Tough Nut, will be starting in the same race at the Gore Raceway.
Tough Nut and stablemate Pazejan provide Yaldhurst trainer Ross Beckett with a strong hand in the race. Beckett, formerly of Southland, prepared Nothin' Leica Star for six wins.
He slightly favours Pazejan ahead of Tough Nut in the Cup.
''I'm happy with both horses, but Pazejan went good the other day,'' Beckett said.
They were in the same rating 75 1800m-event at Riccarton on December 11. Pazejan fought strongly to the line to finish second, while Tough Nut ran fifth.
Beckett is also bringing Tilly to the Tapanui Racing Club meeting. She lines up in the Ewan Allan Honda Maiden with two seconds from four starts this season.
Five horses in training with Beckett will soon be exported to Malaysia.
The first two home in the Winton Cup last month - Recording and Infallible - clash again in the Mataura Licensing Trust Sprint.
Recording has not raced since the Cup, unlike Infallible, who finished second to classy sprinter El Chico at Ascot Park last Saturday.
Kina Win's eye-catching fifth at Ascot Park points to him racing prominently in tomorrow's Ranfurly Hotel Handicap. All Whites coach Ricki Herbert part-owns Venetian Raider, who is topweight for the Kelso Kontracting Handicap.
In form gelding Robbie Rooster is capable of earning another cheque in the opening event, the West Otago Transport Handicap. Robbie Rooster won at Cromwell on December 2 at his second run back from a spell. He backed up with a game third at Ascot Park last weekend.
The Southland Times