Robbie Burns looking good for Invercargill Cup

Robbie Burns looking good for Invercargill Cup

Robbie Burns has done a good job since coming back down south last year. He was a strong finishing second behind Tiger Thompson in the Omakau Cup last time and a repeat of that sees him the horse to beat in today's Invercargill Cup.

Off a 20m handicap today, Robbie Burns shares the backmark in today's feature with Maverick. They along with My Wee Man (10m), look the three set to dominate the maket and the race.  To be driven by the very in form John Dunn, a clean getaway will see him see him a great hope for two mile glory.

Robbie Burns is part of a big team sent south from the Woodend base, a team overseen by Andrew Fitzgerald. The day will kick off in Race One with the debut of two year old fillies Garta and Last Waltz.

Garta has had the better of Last Waltz in two official hitouts, but both times the margin has been close. They are both drawn well - Garta (2) and Last Waltz (3) and have the draws to dominate the race. Their toughest competition is likely to come from Stun Gun that is drawn widest, but has had the benefit of two Young Gun heat runs up north last month. Garta to be driven by Dexter gets the nod marginally on this occasion.

Jack Pack debuted at Nelson a fortnight ago and was heavily backed both days. He disappointed on the first day after leading but was better on the second day after doing work. He is also well drawn in Race Three and looks a very good eachway chance.

Henry Hubert in Race Four does look the absolute standout of the day. He has been so good in his short career, but has always taken on smart types through his six starts to date. Drawn perfectly in one today, he has the ability to control the race and only bad luck will see him beat.

Tuapeka Trick and stable newcomer Born To Run both lock horns in Race Five. Tuapeka Trick had no joy on day one and was only cut back late on day two at Nelson. He should use his gatespeed to good effect. Born To Run has looked super in winning two of his last three starts. He had to do too much on the slushy track last time and it is better to ignore that run. He too looks a good chance.

Posted: Sat 27 Jan 2018