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New Zealand Trotting Cup Tips - All Stars to Spankem at Addington

Spankem (Stuart McCormick/HRV)

The Group 1 New Zealand Trotting Cup (3200m) will be held at Addington on Tuesday.

Two Australian runners line up in the field of 13 and we can put the pen straight through one of the Aussie hopes with Our Uncle Sam a 50-1 shot that faces too tough a test. 

The other Australian is the Stephen O’Donoghue & Rebecca Bartley-trained nine-year-old gelding San Carlo. The oldest horse in the field has drawn barrier one which could be risky as he could get buried early.  Not only that, but he has to take on the mighty Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen juggernaut who prepare Spankem ($1.95), Thefixer ($2.60), Cruz Bromac ($10) and Chase Auckland (14). 

Purdon will drive Spankem and Rasmussen drives Thefixer who won the race last year.

This pair will be extremely hard to beat. Spankem has raced five times this preparation for three wins and two minor placings. He has captured the Group 2 Flying Stakes (2400m), Group 2 Canterbury Classic (2600m) and Group 3 Hannon Memorial (2600m). 

 


His two defeats have come behind Ultimate Sniper and Self Assured in an R80+ discretionary over 2600m and Chase Auckland in the Group 3 New Brighton Cup (2600m). Chase Auckland has barrier 13 to overcome which doesn’t look easy. 

Thefixer has raced twice this campaign for a fifth and second. He should be cherry-ripe for defending his New Zealand Trotting Cup crown. 

Spankem is my top pick in the race and he is going to prove hard to hold out over two miles. Four wins from eight starts in stands and a perfect preparation give him every chance of etching his name into the record books in a race that has a prestigious honour roll. 

Thefixer is the obvious danger ahead of San Carlo, Chase Auckland and Cruz Bromac. 


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