Say My Name back and ready for Westport Cup

Say My Name back and ready for Westport Cup

Absolutely brilliant through the autumn, Say My Name looked set for a big campaign in the north including the Messenger and the Harness Jewels before injury again derailed plans. Seven months later he is back and on target for Monday's Westport Cup over the 3200m.

Having won three in a row in his comeback to racing through late March and early April, Say My Name looked set to dominate the late season features in the north for the 4yr olds. However, a hock injury sustained on the trip north changed all plans, to the point where he ended up missing all three feature races and did not race again all season. This was very disappointing at the time, particularly for his very patient owner Ross Gordon who must have been wondering when a run of injuries was ever going to end.

However, on Monday, he is back and is set for a big run first up in this year's Westport Cup. A workout win a fortnight ago was followed by a trial win last weekend at Orari and left trainer John Dunn very happy with where he is at ahead of his initial target for the summer.

"To run 3.07 on the grass is a smart run for 2400m. He's run home in 57 for the last 800m and 27 for the last 400m so we were flying," said John.

Say My Name has always been held in the very highest regard by both Robert and John and to have him back to his best is exciting.

Another good performance out of last week's Orari trial was from stablemate Graduate Under Fire which has recently rejoined the stable after a stint with owner Ray Beale. He too impressed John who felt that he would be a huge chance on Monday. He starts off a 20m handicap in C1 and faster company and if anywhere near his best, should be too good for his opposition in the last on the card.

Returntorocknroll was a very good second when resuming on Sunday at Rangiora and looks a very good chance to go one better in Race One.

Dream To Reality should appreciate the slightly weaker field he faces in Race 4. A race winner on debut, he meets a maiden field that has no obvious standout runner. If anywhere near his best he will be hard to beat.

The final stable runner at Westport is Monet Grace. She has a difficult draw to overcome in Race Six over the 2000m, but if she has that vital bit of luck shouldn't be far off them.

Posted: Fri 23 Dec 2016