Saturday’s Penong Cup looks like a battle for the two leading horses in this year’s Bill Holland Series. Eye The World and It’s Humphrey are one and two on the Bill Holland standings heading into the fifth leg of seven in the series.
This year’s Ceduna Cup winner Eye The World has been in good form so far this year. After his Ceduna Cup win, he ran second to future Port Lincoln Cup winner Lady Conquistador before running third in the Lock Cup. Last week he placed tenth in the Port Lincoln Cup but should be ready to bounce back at Penong. Kenny Lau takes the ride on the Ryan Dawson trained gelding who he’s ridden to two placings previously.
The defending champion, It’s Humphrey returns to Penong for Trevor Trenowden who enjoyed great success at the track last year where he claimed three winners on the Cup Day card. Earlier this year he ran second in this year’s Ceduna Cup behind his rival on Saturday, Eye The World. While he ran last in last Friday’s Port Lincoln Cup, he’s a much better horse than that and should be bouncing back on a track he’s tasted success at.
Trenowden’s other galloper Mr Jazz Man won on Penong Cup Day last year. He had a successful winter with three wins at Port Augusta and Hawker. He’s been in decent from of late and is a cheeky chance on Saturday.
It’s been over a year since Brian Lear’s Our Freebie won his first and only race. Since he won that day, he hasn't jumped at single figure odds since then and looks like he’s going to be a long odds chance again.
Grandmaster Dash last tasted victory on Roxby Cup Day 2018 and his trainer Sharyn Ratsch will be hoping he can improve on his last tenth placing at Balaklava in BM56 grade where he went around at $101s.
Al Zafir, the Tereza Kropej trained seven-year-old has never won a race in 19 starts and it doesn’t look like that will change in the Cup on Saturday. While he ran fifth in this race last year there look to be much stronger chances in this year’s edition.