CUBA CUTS DOUBLE BUT NO GRAND PLANS
TRAINER John Thompson isn’t about to get carried away with Cuba’s form after the sprinter won again yesterday.
Cuba led all the way for his second straight win in the Schweppes Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
Thompson considered Cuba good enough to contest stakes races early in his career, albeit without success, and the trainer will not push the sprinter back to top level just yet.
“Cuba’s going super but we will just take him through his grades,’’ Thompson said.
“He’s always shown promise but we decided to geld him because he wasn’t showing his best on raceday. I think he is learning to be a racehorse now.’’
Cuba ($6 favourite) was well-rated by apprentice Chris Williams and was never headed, scoring by three-quarters of a length from Super Star Bob ($9) with Excelsior ($61) nearly two lengths away third.
“Chris has been watching Cuba for a while at trackwork and hassling me to ride him,’’ Thompson said.
“This horse needs a strong rider and Chris does suit him. His (3kg) claim came in handy and he did ride the horse very well. Cuba has a high cruising speed and, coming to the turn, when he was still travelling so well for Chris, I knew he would give a good kick.’’
Chris Williams winning on Cuba. Picture: Simon Bullard