Rusty Returns to Defend Dunedin Cup Title

It’s the turn of the Otago GRC to host their annual Cup meeting and they have attracted a competitive looking field to contest the $6,500 Dunedin Cup (race 10) over 545m at Forbury Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Pictured: Last year’s Dunedin Cup winner Must Be Rusty is returning the defend his title on Tuesday (pic Dave Robbie)

Team McInerney has made the southern Tuesday afternoon meetings their own, churning out numerous winners week in and week out on the nation’s two most southern located tracks. Last season John McInerney mentored Must Be Rusty to victory in not only the Dunedin Cup, but also in the Invercargill Cup.

Must Be Rusty is returning to defend his “Highlander’s” title. He carried the green racing vest to victory last year and he is required to hop away from the same trap six draw in this year’s edition. Must Be Rusty warmed up for his Tuesday assignment when he was sighted finishing strongly for his two length Ascot Park 390m second last Tuesday. By the way, he clocked a tidy 32.41s time for his Dunedin Cup win, which is a field best time in Tuesday’s line up.

Speaking about carrying the same racing vest a year on – Sarcasm will be doing likewise as he’ll parade to the 545m traps wearing the white racing vest. The Gary Cleeve prepared chaser finished solidly for his two length second last year. He was delivering a competitive last start 545m race at this venue when he struck traffic problems on the final turn.

Getting up late to snatch victory in that April 2 C4/5 545m event was the Dave and Jean Fahey trained Carltonian who clocked 33.05s. He demands obvious respect again on Tuesday as he seeks to maintain his two race Forbury Park unbeaten record 545m record when he jumps away from the four trap in this event.

Getting dive-bombed by a nose margin in the very final stride in that April 2 545m race was the former Fahey prepared Egomaniacal. This fella is now under the guidance of Dan Roberts and he will have his charge nicely primed to deliver another competitive effort after he loads him away into the seven trap. Roberts also prepares the only reserve Barge Bale who copped a decent first turn check when contesting last Thursday’s C3 520m Addington 520m event.

Team McInerney has three back up contenders to Must Be Rusty in this feature event. Securing the draw advantage via the one trap here is the vastly experienced Shift The Blame. This winner of $58,119 endured a completely luckless last start outing when he was denied racing room when heading into the first turn in the March 28 running of the NZRS Advanced final at the Addington Raceway.

Stylishly winning that $12,000 520m final in 30.39s was Shift The Blame’s kennelmate Joe Bonanza. He jumped handy to the pace to secure that win. Joe has been rather active since then contesting another four races with the best result being an Ascot Park 457m second, ironically to Must Be Rusty. He was held in the midfield pack in his Thursday Addington C4/5 520m outing.

Zefside will be sighted hopping away from trap eight here which is a trap from where he has featured from before. He owns early pace and it is that asset he must bring into play on Tuesday. He got himself tangled up in midfield traffic in his last 545m outing here on April 2.

Completing the drawn field is Thursday’s bold 30.64s Addington C4/5 520m winner Goldstar Ashton from the Steve and Bonnie Evans kennels. He displayed track sense when he seized a rails racing passage to pounce into the lead while others got themselves involved a fair amount of jostling. He has no option but to use those same healthy racing tactics in this event as he is required to exit from trap five here.

Sarcasm Egomaniacal Goldstar Ashton
Tuesday’s Dunedin Cup contenders includes (from left): Sarcasm; Egomaniacal; Goldstar Ashton

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 15/04/2019 11:52:35 AM

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