Strathalbyn based trainer Scott Whittle has been a regular at the Roxby Downs Cup for many years and over the last three years has been agonisingly close to a Cup victory in the state’s north.
Whittle’s horses have finished second, third and second in the last three editions of the Roxby Downs Cup with his runners Emmooki’s Dash (2018 & 2017) and Flying Skipper (2016) coming so close to claiming the silverware.
He will head into Saturday’s Cup with a two pronged attack with Tommy Gun and Wingard ready to line up in the feature race.
Tommy Gun finished last of six runners in the 2018 Cup and his last win came ten starts back in a BM60 at Clare in March. He does have a good strike rate over 1800m with three wins and three placings from fourteen starts. Whittle’s other runner Wingard recorded a strong win two starts back at Port Augusta with Kenny Lau in the saddle. The six-year-old had been running in Alice Springs previously so will have plenty of experience on the dirt tracks. He’ll be ridden by Sophie Logan who notched up five winners last month.
The top-weight and class runner of the race is It’s Humphrey. He’s first up after finishing last in the Streaky Bay Cup back in March. He’s tuned up very well for this after winning a Port Augusta trial by 28.5 lengths two weeks ago! He’s never won first up but has a fantastic career strike rate, winning a race one in every four starts. He ran fourth in last year’s Cup and will have young apprentice Lachlan Neindorf aboard, claiming 4kgs to bring his weight down to 56kg which gives him a huge chance in this race.
Other runners in the race include Nicole Bruggeman’s First Three Legs who’s a lightly raced five-year-old with only ten careers starts to his name. His only win was three starts back at Balaklava and last start got too far back at Murray Bridge.
Gary Searle will combine with last year’s Cup winning jockey Murray Henderson when he saddles up Northset. The five-year-old has contested his last two starts at Port Augusta with his best result being a third placing to Wingard two starts back.
Port Augusta trained Uncle Kenneth ran second last start on his home track for Alice Lindsay and Darren Bonnetti. The two will combine once again and hope to get his second career win.