Biz­zwin­kle dou­bles up with brave cup win

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A never-say-die at­ti­tude led to proven stayer Biz­zwin­kle cap­tur­ing his sec­ond Strat­ford Cup (2000m) yes­ter­day.

Fresh-up off the back of his New Zealand Cup (3200m) win at Ric­car­ton in Novem­ber, the Glenn Old-trained stayer was con­fi­dently tipped to de­fend the ti­tle he­won 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,’’ Mata­mata-based Old said.

‘‘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 Welling­ton Cup (3200m) at Tren­tham on Jan­uary 19.

‘‘He’s pretty clean-winded so he won’t have an­other run be­tween this one and Tren­tham,’’ he said.

‘‘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 RACE IM­AGES good way to vary his rou­tine and keep him sharp.’’ Biz­zwin­kle sits on the sec­ond line of bet­ting at a $10 quote for the Welling­ton Cup.

He has now won six of his 19 ca­reer starts and $250,000. ● FOR­MER Aus­tralian Derby win­ner Jon Snow has been re­tired af­ter fin­ish­ing a gal­lant third in the Zabeel Clas­sic (2000m) on Box­ing Day.

Pre­pared by Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man through­out his ca­reer, the If­fraaj five-year-old en­tire won four of his 23 starts, with eight mi­nor plac­ings, for $2.1m in ca­reer earn­ings.

Owned by the Zame part­ner­ship, his big­gest suc­cess came in the ATC Derby (2400m) as a three-year-old af­ter win­ning the Tul­loch Stakes (2000m) at his pre­vi­ous start. He­was also suc­cess­ful in the JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Val­ley, as well as fin­ish­ing in the plac­ings on four oc­ca­sions at Group One level.

Fors­man said: ‘‘He re­tires a happy, sound horse­with own­ers now con­sid­er­ing stud op­tions.’’

Biz­zwin­kle hangs on for rider Jas­mine Fawcett to win his sec­ond straight Strat­ford Cup yes­ter­day.

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