Playboy All Class
24th July 2020
There was a touch of arrogance in the win by Robyns Playboy at Ascot Park yesterday, when the gelding made a stunning return to racing, winning by five and a half lengths on a three degrees afternoon and running the 2200 metres in 2-41.9.
“He’s been just working the house down at home. I was a bit worried that he may not have done enough work. We had him at the workouts last Friday and he ran home in 54.8 without the plug being pulled so we were pretty confident,” said Ross Wilson who trains the four year old in partnership with son Chris.
Robyns Playboy was taken straight to the front by junior driver Kerryn Tomlinson and she let the gelding roll along.
Robyns Playboy leading with a lap to run – Photo Bruce Stewart
Down to the line for an easy win – Photo Bruce Stewart
Returning down the shoot – Photo Bruce Stewart
Winning connections – Photo Bruce Stewart
It was a change in future for the son of Shadow Play who had only won twice in thirteen starts in the first part of the season.
“He had a weepy eye and he was only ever ninety percent right. He’d work okay at home and when he went to the races he’d lack that bit of kick. This time in, he’s just a different horse.”
And Wilson says the New Zealand Cup is now on the radar.
“It’s getting near the end of my old career. I’ve never had one in the Cup so hopefully this one’s the fella.”
He’s hoping he doesn’t have to travel too much prior to the Cup and feels there’s a good pool of horses in Southland to generate races for the tighter assessed horse in the province.
“There’s quite a few good class horses down here now with Blackies Alister Black) and Nathan Williamson’s horses so we have enough horses to have a race. It’ll be interesting. We’ll aim to go to the Hannon and get a line on him.”
The win went some way to compensating the late scratching of stablemate Robyns Shadow in an earlier race.
“It wrecked my all ups. He lives out in the paddock and with the frosts he was a bit tender in the feet. He doesn’t like being boxed but he’ll have to be boxed for a while.”
Meanwhile the Graeme Anderson trained American Lightning continued on his winning way by accounting for the R52-R56 horses.
The two year old was driven like the best horse in the race by Matty Williamson and taken straight to the front. It’s a role that appears not to suit him as he once again knocked off at the finish and only won by three quarters of a length.
Two year old American Lightning winning for Matty Williamson-Photo Bruce Stewart.
The American Ideal colt has now won three of his four starts.