Whip Wham Bam Sportscam
23rd April 2021
Sportscam gave his six rivals a start and a beating, in the $12,000 Regent Car Court Nugget Final at Winton today.
Trained and driven by Jonny Cox the three year was a few lengths off the arm at the 2400 metre dispatch point after been placed in the unruly position.
“He was put on the unruly three starts ago after he galloped behind the gate. He started off the unruly at Addington and they made him go back to the trials on Wednesday. He travelled down yesterday and raced today. Hopefully it knocked a bit of shit out of him. His manners today were pretty good for him,” Cox said.
The three year old Sportswriter gelding settled last with Tommy Waterhouse and Love Lou Longtime taking turns in the lead. With a 1000 metres to run Cox moved Sportscam out and started to move forward without cover.
“I didn’t think anything else would go before me and a sprint home doesn’t really suit him so I thought I’d get as handy as I could. It wasn’t my intention to drive him that way but it worked out alright.”
At the 500 Cox had the gelding up and going head to head with leader Love Lou Longtime. Turning in, Sportscam was on one rein but he fought hard all the way down the straight to beat a late burst from Magnetic Terror by half a length.
“At the finish he stuck to his guns and wasn’t going to let anything past him.”
Sportscam holding Magnetic Terror
Back to the birdcage
The trip south initially wasn’t on the radar.
“I didn’t think about coming down here. Jason Broad (Southern Harness General Manager) messaged me on Monday saying they only had six nominations. I threw him in and had a look at the field and there were only seven in it.”
The $6,600 winning stake pushed Sportscam up the leader board for the Group Two Southern Supremacy Stakes.
“The supremacy wasn’t on the radar but one of the owners said the win will probably get him into the field. He’s booked on the truck to go home tomorrow but I’ll have a think about it.”
Cox confirmed later in the day that Sportscam will be heading home.
Sportscam was bought as a weanling by Cam Jones who broke him in.
“We bought him as an early two year old broken in. He has taken a little bit of time. He’s improved a lot in the last twelve months. If he keeps improving he’ll pick up another two or three races.”
He’s owned by a group of friends and family of Coxs.
“My Uncle Ian Wilson and sister Jo Nicholas are in it and the rest are spread across the South Island. I think he’ll get better. He follows a good tempo. He’s not a 27 second quarter horse but he can run 30s all day. Some races aren’t going to suit him when they walk and sprint. A race like today it felt like we were running even quarters and he just kept trucking away.”
It was the gelding’s sixth start in the province.
“He seems to enjoy coming down here. Brent Barclay won a race with him here and he’s gone a couple of good races. He’s getting away from Addington and the bigger boys. The trip down here hasdefinitely made him.”
Having had a stint with Tim Butt, Cox now trains at his new property situated between Rolleston and Dunsandel.
“We’ve got seven or eight horses in work and I help out Hayden Cullen in the morning for three or four hours, and then I do my own in the afternoon.”
The top fifteen qualifiers for the Southern Supremacy are: Ragazzo Mach, Keep On Dreaming, Leithen Burn, Tommy Waterhouse, Idealism, Magnetic Terror, Port Au Prince, Yorokobi, Stoneyroyd, Hemsworth, Kase, Quaddie VC, The Hornet, American Lightning and Artatac.