Teddy eyes double
Awesum Teddy is looking to become the third to win the Gore and Roxburgh Cup double in the past 30 years.
He is a big hope to join Lavros Jasper (2006-07 season) and Young Lord (1986) as winners of both races. Awesum Teddy won the Gore Cup (December 27) by half a length from Canardly Lover, who is a rival again in tomorrow's $15,000 Roxburgh Cup.
Canardly Lover starts off the front, while Awesum Teddy is on a 10m handicap.
Their trainers have tasted success in the Roxburgh Cup. Murray Brown, who trains Awesum Teddy, won the 2006 Cup with Mr P B and Canardly Lover's trainer, Hamish Hunter, prepared the 1990 and 1989 winners, Pierre Paree and Benachie Lad.
Trainer-driver Ken Barron is hopeful Comply Or Die can come off his 30m handicap and finish in the top three in the Cup.
''It'll be difficult if they hard all the way . . . he'll be chasing,'' Barron said yesterday.
The horseman was disappointed with Comply Or Die's fifth, three and three-quarter lengths from winner Jason Rulz, in the Central Otago Cup at Omakau on Thursday.
Comply Or Die's opposition tomorrow is not as strong, but his handicap could be a stumbling block.
''He went poor [at Omakau], should have gone better,'' Barron said.
Comply Or Die played up in the tie up stalls at Omakau.
''He was booting the wall . . . something was stirring him up.''
He has raced below expectations in three starts at Omakau.
Barron said Still Laughin was his best chance at the Roxburgh meeting. The Live Or Die mare has won her past two starts in Canterbury and should make her presence felt in the Eureka 7 Trust Pace.
Stablemate Red Under Fire starts from the second line in the Remarkable Orchard Pace.
''If she can get through the traffic early, she'll be right.''
Meanwhile, The Wrath Of Robyn will switch to a standing start race, the Cromwell Cup, at Cromwell on Tuesday after breaking behind the mobile and losing all chance at Omakau on Thursday.
Gore owner-trainer Trevor Cross will added hopple shorteners to the gelding's gear for the Cup.
''He was in a pig of a mood [at Omakau],'' Cross said.
''When I was gearing him up he was kicking and biting.''
Phantom Grin will spend most of the summer in the spelling paddock after injuring his near side suspensory ligament. Gore trainer and part-owner Matt Brinsdon said Phantom Grin would do his future racing from a beach-training stable.
''It was coming on at [New Zealand] Cup time,'' Brinsdon said of the injury.
The Southland Times