Cup to Mr Consistent

Cup to Mr Consistent

Bruce Stewart

1st April 2021

There was no more deserving winner than today’s MLT Wyndham Cup victor Memphis Tennessee.

The Bettor’s Delight five year old had run fourth in the Winton Cup, and third in both the Roxburgh and Tuapeka Cups so his ‘Cup win’ was due.

“He made a good beginning today off the 20 metre mark which probably helped his cause,” said trainer Brett Gray.

Memphis Tennessee warming up

Driver John Morrison settled the gelding five back in the running line as Chuckles, then Mach’s Back had turns at leading. When second favourite I’mallaboutthebase came out and sat parked, Memphis Tennessee slotted into the one one.

“That’s probably the best trip he’s had in a long time.”

With I’mallaboutthebase niggling at Mach’s Back, Morrison was in the prime spot to have a shot at the leader.

Memphis Tennessee came down the middle of the track and got past Mach’s Back, but the latter fought hard with Memphis Tennessee getting home by half a neck.

At the end of a tough battle

“He’s a very nice Country Cup horse. Pembrook Playboy and U May Cullect have been a bit too good for him. He’s been running pretty close but he can’t get past them. The Symons will be pretty happy with what he’s been doing.”

Owners Robert and Sharyn Symon weren’t on-course today. They were in Te Anau spending time with their family.

“They face timed me. We gave the Cup to their friends the Patterson’s who were shooting up. I’d say they’ll be having a few drinks out of it when it arrives.”

Memphis Tennessee started his career with Canterbury trainer Terry Chmiel winning five races before he headed south to Gray’s Ryal Bush stable in October last year.

“He’s got wee man’s syndrome. He can get a bit angry sometimes (laughter). He’s not your typical Bettor’s Delight and doesn’t work super at home but he does the job and he’s pretty consistent.”

He has now won four races from his southern base – two in the hands of today’s driver John Morrison and one each for Brent Barclay and Blair Orange.

Memphis Tennessee has now won nine races and banked $128,765 for his owners.

Meanwhile talented but inconsistent trotting mare Sekkie Monkey returned to winning form when she won the Marshalls Excavating Handicap Trot.

The six year old last won at Winton over a year ago and her formline hasn’t been pretty since.

Sekkie Monkey began well for trainer driver Nathan Williamson. With three hundred metres to go Williamson pulled the mare out to make her run and she burst down the middle of the track to beat the late finishing Miss Bamboocha by a length, with pacemaker Willangus Lad half a length back in third.

Sekkie Monkey winning for Nathan Williamson

Part of the big crowd at Wyndham today

Further down the track