Biz­zwin­kle wins the day

Stratford Press - - News -

A never-say-die at­ti­tude led to proven stayer Biz­zwin­kle cap­tur­ing his sec­ond Strat­ford Cup (2000m) on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29.

Fresh-up off the back of his Gr.3 New Zealand Cup (3200m) win at Ric­car­ton in Novem­ber, the Glenn Old-trained stayer was con­fi­dently tipped to de­fend the ti­tle he won in 2017 with a dash­ing front-run­ning per­for­mance.

With ap­pren­tice Jas­mine Fawcett aboard, who had rid­den the Rip Van Win­kle five-year-old to vic­tory last year, Biz­zwin­kle adopted sim­i­lar tac­tics this year de­spite be­ing an­noyed by sev­eral run­ners through­out the con­test.

Although clearly headed in the home straight, Biz­zwin­kle called on all his re­serves to put his head back in front where it mat­tered as he downed Lorde Have Mercy, Gor­bachev and Hank Moody in a blan­ket fin­ish.

“To tell you the truth I wasn’t re­ally ex­pect­ing that to­day,” Old said af­ter the race. “It was more of a main­te­nance type of run as he hadn’t done a lot since he came home from Ric­car­ton.

“He’s got that will to win though and when he gets to the front he fights like a tiger. They took him on all the way but he was too good in the end.”

Old will now set his sights on the Gr.3 NZ Cam­pus for In­no­va­tion and Sport Welling­ton Cup (3200m) at Tren­tham on Jan­uary 19.

“The Welling­ton Cup is his main aim and he will love the big, roomy track there. We’ll take him home and keep him tick­ing over with plenty of swim­ming and a bit of jump­ing.

“He loves the hur­dles so it’s a good way to vary his rou­tine and keep him sharp.”

Biz­zwin­kle sits on the sec­ond line of bet­ting at a $10 quote on the TAB mar­ket for the Welling­ton Cup with Rock On and Alinko Prince joint favourites at $8. Biz­zwin­kle, who was a $36,000 pur­chase from the Hen­ley Park draft at the 2015 Se­lect Year­ling Sale, has now won six of his 19 ca­reer starts and $250,000 in prize­money.

PHOTO / RACE IM­AGES PETER RUBERY

Biz­zwin­kle (green and white stripes) pre­vails in a des­per­ate fin­ish to the 2018 Strat­ford Cup.

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