It’s Humphrey will be out to break the Thevanard/Ceduna Cup hoodoo when it lines up in Saturday’s Ceduna Cup.
In the last two years, the winner of the Thevenard Cup has gone on to run second in the Ceduna Cup but Trevor Trenowden’s six-year-old looks to be absolutely primed to take the second leg of the Bill Holland Series.
It's Humphrey won the Thevenard Cup for Trenowden with Murray Henderson in the saddle and the experienced hoop will take the ride once again at Ceduna. The horse has now won two on the trot, claiming the Thevenard Cup before a strong front running ride saw him pinch a win on New Years Eve at Port Lincoln in BM80 company. He’s four from eight at the mile and you just can’t fault his form heading into Saturday’s Cup.
Interestingly enough, two of the last three Thevenard Cup runners-up have then gone onto claim the Ceduna Cup. Ryan Dawson will be hoping this trend continues on Saturday with his runner Eye The World.
Eye The World was less than a length off It’s Humphrey last time out at Ceduna and the booking of Eran Boyd could prove to be a master stroke. Boyd has partnered the nine-year-old in his last two starts for a win and a fourth placing.
Apprentice Kenny Lau rode a double at the Ceduna Christmas meeting in December and partnered Eye The World in the Thevenard Cup but on Saturday he’ll take the ride on Darryl Carrison’s Hard at It. He ran third behind Copper Coast Raider last start in Port Lincoln and connections will be hoping that Lau can continue his good form at the track and give their horse his eighth win in his 85th career start.
Brian Lear’s Copper Coast Raida recorded a very impressive last start win at Port Lincoln last Sunday. After a disappointing end to 2018, the gelding started 2019 off on the right note, with a strong 2.2 length win in BM80 grade. He comfortably beat Hard At It in that race and if he can bring that form to Ceduna on Saturday, he’s going to be a big chance in the feature.
The fifth and final runner in the Cup will be Annette Harder’s Heza Hussler. The nine-year-old hasn’t won in over a year and it looks like it’s he’s going to need a lot of luck to find a victory for apprentice Sophie Logan.