Playboy Back In The Mansion

Playboy Back In The Mansion

Bruce Stewart

13th August 2020

After disappointing at his last start, Gore trained Robyns Playboy was back on his game at Ascot Park today.

Driver Craig Ferguson took the five year old straight to the front and he peeled off a last 800 metres in 55.1 to win by eight and three quarter lengths.

“He just loved it in front and Craig said that he just wanted to go at the 800 and he didn’t even pull the plugs at the end. It’s the first time he’s won being hot favourite,” said Ross Wilson who trains the gelding in partnership with son Chris.

Robyns Playboy under a nice hold with a lap to run – Photo Bruce Stewart

Still under a hold at the finish – Photo Bruce Stewart

The win cements the gelding’s place in the first race of the New Zealand Cup build up – the Hannon Memorial at Oamaru on the 20th of September.  But despite the easy win today Wilson is under no illusion as to how difficult it will be to win the early season feature.

“It’s a different story when you get up amongst those Purdon horses. We went up to the Hannon last year thinking we were going alright and they ran home in 53 and we got beaten by ten lengths. But last year he wasn’t 100% health wise and this year he is and that’s going to make a big difference I think.”

Wilson says Robyns Playboy will be given an easy time over the next few weeks and he says he’ll probably have one more start before the Hannon.

“He’s a very athletic horse who doesn’t take a lot of work. He’s only had two hopple runs since he last raced. He’s a great winded horse and that’s good because you can be easy on him and you don’t have to knock him around the same to get there.”