Spy Da Moment the people's choice at Addington tonight

By Mike Love

Spy Da Moment, trainer Michael Ward and driver Ricky May will combine for what will be an emotional Avon City Ford Mobile Trot at Addington tonight (8.09pm).

The winner of six races, Spy Da Moment was formerly owned and trained by the late Katie Cox, who lost her battle with lung cancer earlier this week.

Michael Ward has taken over the training of the horse, who comes into tonight's race off the back of a second fresh-up at Addington two weeks ago.

“He’s come through that run alright,” said new trainer Michael Ward.

“Katie worked him on Saturday and he worked as good as she wanted him to work. She was happy."

Spy Da Moment will be competing in his 62nd race tonight, but it may well be his last.

“I think we may be retiring him after this race. It’s what she (Katie) suggested. We will have a discussion about it, but I think that’s what will happen.”

Spy Da Moment was broken in by Cox after proving to be a handful in his younger years. It was Cox’s patience and astute professionalism that has now seen the 11-year-old Monarchy gelding win six races and over $93,000 in stakes.

“Katie never got him until he was about six or seven. He was locked up in a box for most of his life. She had done a great job breaking him in. He’d been a handful and he’s had a lot of problems. Katie ironed them out, patched him up and did a terrific job.”

Other chances in the event include race favourite Mr Love ($2.20FF) for Greg and Nina Hope, the in-form George Elliot ($4.80FF) for Trevor Grant and Mad Jack ($6.50FF) for Amber Hoffman. However, it is a very even field.

Drivers will be wearing blue and/or white armbands (Cox's racing colours) tonight to honour Katie.

Racing commences tonight from 5:20pm.

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