One racegoer at Alexandra Park this Friday night will get to experience the buzz of owning champion trotter I Can Doosit - and clean up on the punt - in a promotion called "You Can Doosit".
Harness racing's pin-up horse, who has won his last 17 races on end, will be there to contest the $40,000 Lyell Creek Stakes and one punter will be drawn to enjoy the night's festivities, with owners Ken and Karen Breckon.
The Auckland Trotting Club, which ran a similarly successful "owner for the night" competition with pin-up pacer Auckland Reactor, will also place a $500 fixed odds bet on the champ at odds of $1.50, so the contest winner will be guaranteed $750 if I Can Doosit wins.
The lucky winner will have the chance to get up close and personal with the trotting marvel and his trainer Mark Purdon before the race.
They will watch the race with the Breckons and, if the horse obliges, join them in the winners' circle for photos and the hospitality room for a champagne.
Assistant secretary David Branch said the club was expecting a large crowd to welcome I Can Doosit home from his New Zealand Cup week triumphs in Christchurch and contest entry forms for those 18 years and older would be in the racebook.
THE AUSSIE commentator who had to get his tongue round I Can Doosit and I Didn't Do It when they dead-heated for first in an Interdominion heat at Ballarat in January can thank his lucky stars he's not doing the job at Invercargill today.
Dave McDonald gets the task of keeping tabs on Ahorsewithnoname and Cantthinkofaname who, as leading contenders for the third race, threaten to fight it out.
Ahorsewithnoname, trained by Wayne Adams, can blame his moniker on the 19th hole syndicate, who lease him from Glenvale breeder Bruce Stirling. When Mark O'Connor and his golfing mates discovered the horse was registered, but not named despite being nearly three, they picked Ahorsewithnoname.
Brian Fearns' excuse for choosing Cantthinkofaname was that he had already named three or four yearlings that year and was plain out of ideas.
"When I told my wife I'd just put in Cantthinkofaname, she said I was absolutely crazy."
Fearns' only trouble now is when his mates ask if has a horse racing at the weekend.
"When I say Cantthinkofaname they tell me ‘never mind you'll think of it later on'."
Cantthinkofaname's trainer Murray Swain reckons the sometimes disappointing five-year-old is ready to step up to the mark today.
"He doesn't try that hard at times but since I've had him I've changed his work pattern and he has really improved."
SIR LINCOLN might have won his workout at Alexandra Park yesterday, but owner John Street isn't convinced the star pacer is back to his Auckland Cup-winning best.
And Street declared that unless the big stallion wins Friday night's $40,000 Franklin Cup, he will not tilt at the $420,000 Victoria Cup the following week. Sir Lincoln looked on the way back from his cup week campaign, which was aborted in Christchurch when he contracted a throat virus, when he scored at last week's workouts in a slick 2:44.5 for the 2200 metres.
But his effort yesterday, in a far more sedate 2:48.4, was less convincing, even though he maintained a neck advantage on trailer Easy On The Eye and the late closing Pembrook Benny at the line.
Driver Maurice McKendry reported Sir Lincoln didn't feel his usual bouncy self , despite leading and clocking his last 800m in 56.4s and 400 in 28.3. Trainer Ray Green said Sir Lincoln appeared to be over his virus, but he would have the horse scoped as a precaution.
There was a chance Sir Lincoln might be feeling his feet, a complaint which has bothered him over a lengthy period.
Meanwhile, Bettor Cover Lover might not have finished in the first three in yesterday's heat, but she looked very fit, hard held in behind the placegetters.
She will race in the $100,000 Rosslands Queen Of Hearts on December 14.
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