Port Augusta based trainer Kylie McKerlie will be hoping that war horse Eigelstein, can give her a hat-trick of wins in the BHP Roxby Downs Cup when the eleven-year-old lines up in his 86th career start on Saturday.
Eigelstein himself is going for back to back wins in the feature after Kayla Crowther steered the gelding to a three-length win on Cup Day last year. The year prior it was Brandon Griffiths and Devon who gave McKerlie the 2016 victory.
Apart from his last start failure at Port Augusta, Eigelstein has been a model of consistency, knocking on the door for his first win since last year’s Roxby Downs Cup. A run similar to his third placing in last month’s Port Augusta Cup should well and truly see him fighting out the finish.
Last year’s third placegetter, Emooki’s Dash has also been racing in great form but just can’t find the post first, running second in his last three starts. The Scott Whittle trained ten-year-old has been more than competitive at provincial level and with previous good form at the track and a decent record over the distance, the 103 start veteran will also be well placed with experienced hoop Justin Potter in the saddle.
Trevor Trenowden’s It’s Humphrey has enjoyed a good year on the dirt with two wins at Port Augusta and a narrow defeat in a quality BM80 at the track as well. The six-year-old ‘youngster’ of the field will carry 58.5kgs after apprentice, Alice Lindsay’s claim. Interestingly top-weights have won the last two running’s of the Cup with a claiming apprentice on board. So going on history this bodes very well for It’s Humphrey!
As for the other chances in the field, Whittle’s second runner Tommy Gun hasn’t been seen since his huge run from the tail to finish fourth in the Port Augusta Cup and could be a sneaky chance, while Ron Campbell’s Kazoom has contested some decent races at provincial level over the last couple months and a win wouldn’t surprise.