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Sleepy Tripp ready for Hannon Memorial


Mark Purdon lined five stable runners up in the feature trial at Motukarara today, all with serious NZ Cup aspirations and it was Sleepy Tripp who proved victorious. He made the most of a quick beginning, settling handy and with the field in Indian file for most of the event those at the back were always going to be up against it.

Miss Elsie led and Sleepy Tripp wound up parked for the last lap. He sprinted well to overcome the leader and fight off a hard-finishing Mah Sish, whose last 100m was his best. A rejuvenated and gelded Major Mark finished hard held on the winner’s back.

Of the others Auckland Reactor was sound. He ran sixth making up ground but his fitness didn’t allow for that usual finishing punch. Sushi Sushi finished last in the heat behind Highview Tommy. Sushi Sushi was the slowest away in the heat and appears to be a little bit behind a couple of the others in terms of fitness. Highview Tommy too is still a wee way from peak physical condition.

The overall time was a solid 3.21.7. They ran home in 57.5 and 28.0. A decent headwind in the home straight curtailed any really low closing numbers.

In the following heat I Can Doosit overcame the back mark and an inconvenience at the start to run up-and-comer Thanesan to a neck. The millionaire trotter was guided by his right-hand man Jeremy Markham and added another 30m to his 20m handicap after being severely checked by a cantankerous Running On Time. He worked up parked with a lap to run and kept up a solid run to the line. Thanesan, to his credit fought doggedly and looks to be in for a good season and ready for that next level of competition.

I Can Doosit will be back at the trials/workouts again before a possible resumption in the DG Jones Trotting Cup at Banks Peninsula.