Three-pronged attack on Westport Cup
Tomorrow's Westport Cup worth $18,000 will see three stable respresentatives over the 3200m staying trip. Cullect A Guinness looks likely to start favourite after a strong win in last Sunday's Rangiora Summer Cup.
The Westport Cup is a race that has been kind to the stable over the past few years, including last year's edition taken out by the now retired Superintendent. Last year's successful driver John Dunn will partner Cullect A Guinness, the sole backmarker and with a 30m handicap to contend with as well. While he has a few hurdles to overcome, Cullect A Guinness is in career best form and last week's win over the 2600m is sure to have topped him off nicely. He had to fight hard early on to take the lead and then faced pressure throughout, before kicking on to win by over five lengths. The 3200m trip will hold no fears, but he will still need that ounce of luck that you need in these big races. Providing he can step well, John can pick who to follow to get handy. You can be sure that he will be right there turning for home and he deserves the number one ranking of the three stable runners.
Living Legend and Mach Cruiser are both Westview syndicated horses and are both in some good form. Living Legend has the advantage of starting off the front and has the very much in-form Gavin Smith combining with him. The stand start should present no problems and it may be that if Gavin can find the top early that he looks to make life for the backmarkers that much tougher. He is in good nick heading into the race and was able to nab a free win last week at Addington in a junior drivers event. Like Cullect A Guinness he is a wonderfully consistent horse and always puts in in his races. The grass track presents no issues either as he has a win and a placing to show from two starts previously.
Mach Cruiser started in Rangiora's Summer Cup also. He was slow from his 10m handicap and raced in the last few throughout. He ran home with purpose for his 8th placing and looked to be crying out for 3200m. He too likes the grass track and was a big upset winner three starts ago at Motukarara. Stevie Golding takes the drive this time and if there is to be a real blowout result this year, don't be surprised to see Mach Cruiser figuring
In summary then, Cullect A Guinness does look to be the one to beat, providing he can overcome the handicap. Both Westview horses must be rated at least place hopes and Living Legend from the frontline could be the best eachway bet in the race. Outside of the stable runners, Seel The Deal must be the hardest to beat, while Star Of Dionysis is in good from and was the best of the beaten brigade at Rangiora.
Cullect A Guinness is the backmarker and likely favourite in this year's Westport Cup
Article by Mike Drury
Posted: Fri 25 Dec 2015