Family road trip to pay dividends
By Jonny Turner
Jonny Cox, Kimberly Butt and daughter Mckenzie’s first family road trip could produce winning results at Young Quinn Raceway on Thursday.
Butt will be out to secure her first win in the sulky since having the couple’s first child early last month when she combines with Maybe in race 4.
Maybe is among a four-horse team Cox starts at the meeting, which is headed by his stable star Folklore.
Folklore looks a massive winning chance in race 7 as she drops into a winnable race after producing a sound effort behind Darling Me and Stylish Memphis in her last start at Addington.
“It is a big drop in class from Addington and it looks a pretty suitable race for her, but she is a bit of a one-trick pony,” Cox said.
“She has to be driven quiet, but if things go her way and she isn’t too far off them she should be a pretty good chance.”
Cox also starts Sportscam who also looks well placed in race 3.
The three-year-old qualified for last season’s Southern Supremacy Stakes Final, which is form many of his rivals could only dream of.
Sportscam ran a plain seventh at Winton last week but should strip fitter for that hit out after staying on in Southland this week.
“He should be fitter for that run, he only had one trial before it and they went 3.03 (for 2400m) at Ashburton, then they’ve come out and run 2.57 the other day.”
“He has got to do things right, he is on the unruly for a reason, but if he does it looks like a nice race for him.”
Among a common theme, Maybe is in a similar position to his two stablemates going into race 4.
The three-year-old looks to be getting a slight drop in grade from his recent assignments.
The biggest challenge for Maybe and Kimberly Butt will be plotting a path from their wide barrier 8 draw.
“He is pretty similar to the other two, it looks a pretty suitable race for him and if he gets a bit of luck from the draw he should be not a bad chance.”
Cox also starts Leconte, who will be out to break his maiden in his 51st start in race 6.
The four-year-old moves to the unruly which may not be the worst thing for him.
“He disgraced himself last time when he caused a false start so he’s on the unruly.”
“He is not too bad coming off their backs so if he gets the right run hopefully he can go a better race this week.”
Cox takes one outside drive on Thursday in Jaccka Watch in race 1.
The trotter looks to have all the ability he needs to win the maiden event if he brings his manners.
Butt will also drive Random Spur in the same race.