Deny Everything upsets in Timaru Summer Cup
By Mike Love
Deny Everything scored a well-earned victory when he won Saturday's Tyre General Timaru Summer Cup at Phar Lap Raceway.
The Mark Jones-trained seven-year-old capitalised on his good manners, securing the trail with driver Samantha Ottley before peeling off the back of the pacemaker and third placegetter Heisenberg, to win by one and a quarter lengths from Tanzania.
“It was awesome, very satisfying," says Ottley.
“We’ve all had to be so patient with him. Everyone is rapt.”
Deny Everything has had an interrupted career, having three wind operations among other niggles. He has now won seven from 22 starts and over $65,000 in stakes.
“It was a big advantage being off the front. He was a happy horse today. Travelled nice and I was hoping he would let down as good as he felt, and he did.”
One of the outsiders of the field, Deny Everything paid $32 and $9.10, while Tanzania was also at lucrative odds, paying $7.40 for the place.
Deny Everything could be in for a busy summer.
“Mark is a genius at mapping plans for them," says Ottley, "so no doubt there will be something for him. He’s pretty versatile.”
Deny Everything is raced by Damian Love and the estate of his father Neil Love.
Earlier on the card Major Hot won the two-year-old Timaru Nursery stakes for Rolleston trainers Mark and Nathan Purdon, just edging out the game debutant Dawson for Tony Stratford.
Major Hot settled midfield on a hot speed for driver Blair Orange, before being sent from the 900m to sit outside the leader Dawson. Major Hot got the better of the pacemaker just short of the line to win by a head, as the pair broke away from the field sizzling home in 55.7 seconds for the final 800m.
Blair Orange had a very successful day in the sulky winning five races - Whispering Over, Shepherds Delight, Major Hot, Dalness Arizona and Idle Stuartia - while Bob Butt trained a back to back double with Sophia’s Dream and Bet N Win.