More than a mi­nor duel for Mor­rises

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - MICHAEL COURT

COUSINS Robert and Davis Mor­ris never give each other an inch on the track when they go to work as a cou­ple of this state’s lead­ing reins­men.

Off the track they are both can­di­dates for fa­ther-of-theyear with young sons their pride and joy.

And that merely makes them fo­cus even more when they head for the track in their des­per­ate drive for more win­ners.

That healthy ri­valry should con­tinue at Bankstown tonight when the pair line up with plenty of chances on the seven-race pro­gram.

The pair both have a ter­rific strike rate at Bankstown and will ‘face off’ in at least two of tonight’s races in­tent on fin­ish­ing in front of the other and walk away with brag­ging rights . . . if not a win or two.

Robert may have the edge in the open­ing race when he han­dles last-start win­ner Squire ($4.50) for his trainer and part­ner Kerry Ann Turner while David has se­cured the drive on $15 shot Thanks Jack for for­mer In­ter Do­min­ion win­ning reins­man Howard James.

Still both men may have to set­tle for mi­nor prize­money with the pres­ence of up-and­com­ing pacer Com­man­der Kirk (Todd McCarthy), who has been listed $1.40 favourite de­spite draw­ing the out­side of the sec­ond row.

Robert has the edge in the next two races driv­ing Ir­ish Grit (race two) and first starter Kelli Frost (race three) while David watches from the side­lines.

Race four should be fun to watch with David drawn gate one with out­sider Fear­less Lord for trainer Ric­cardo Er­richiello.

He’s bound to face a des­per­ate chal­lenge when the starter says go from cousin Robert, who is drawn right be­side him with $3.50 sec­ond favourite Golovkin, whose chances would ap­pear to be a lot bet­ter if he can find the front. David might have the last say in that bat­tle.

Lead­ing trainer Kevin Piz­zuto might also spoil that party as he has two top chances in race four, the $2.50 favourite Alta Teresa (Todd McCarthy) and the un­lucky Miss Patriot (Corey Bell), who is listed as an $8 shot and can­not seem to get a draw to make her com­pet­i­tive.

The Mor­ris boys will watch the next two races from the side­lines be­fore David gets his best hope of a win on the night when he takes the steer on $6.50 shot Megs Fer­rari in race seven.

A win­ner at Me­nan­gle four starts back, David has not driven Megs Fer­rari in al­most two years but did have a good record on the son of San­tas­tics Pan when he won a race at Pen­rith on him.

Tonight he’ll be hop­ing to add to that record.

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