Robyns Playboy Wins Tuapeka Cup


Robyns Playboy Wins Tuapeka Cup

Bruce Stewart

Robyns Playboy (file)

As a first season trainer Chris Wilson hasn’t been on course to see either of Robyns Playboy’s two wins this season and he’s starting to wonder if that’s a good omen.

“I was told I had to go camping so I’m down at Pounawea with the family, snorkelling for paua. So I watched the race by my phone,” he said.

Yesterday the four year old was driven with a good deal of confidence by regular pilot Craig Ferguson and he proved too tough for second favourite Cast No Shadow, beating him by a length and a quarter.

The winning time of 3-21.5 was a new race record for the 2700 metre stand, erasing Pats Delight’s 2018 record of 3-21.6.

“We said we’d sit back and drive him for one run. He probably went a wee bit sooner than what he would have liked but that’s how it played out. He really stuck to his guns.”

The Shadow Play four year old now has an assessment of R90 and the Junior Free For All at Addington on Cup Day, or a Discretionary Handicap on Show Day looked likely targets but Wilson says he’s likely to stay in Southland.

“We’re thinking the stakes are pretty good at Wyndham and there’s a Junior Drivers race so he’s either going there for a free win or we’ll toss him out for a spell. He’s been in work since August so a wee freshener might be good for him.”

The win in the Tuapeka Cup was Robyns Playboy’s eighth in twenty one starts.

Meanwhile Robyn Maree, the dam of Robyns Playboy, has recently foaled a Shadow Play colt making him a full-brother to the quality pacer.

“She’s been a tough one to get a foal out of. Dad didn’t have too much luck with his breeding last season, losing two mares, and two others slipped their foals. This year we’ve had a couple of colts and a filly at this stage.”