A Third For Second?
Mar 08, 2014
Hopefully it is a case of déjà vu at Stony Creek on Sunday with our tough galloper Second King lining up in his third Stony Creek Cup – and shooting for his third success.
Taking out the $70,000 2100m event by a length from Module in 2012 and by ¾ length last year (defeating a smart field including Akzar), Second King both times went into the race with runs under his belt.
But this year he tackles the Cup first up having been off the scene since April last year. He was due to race recently but a sore hock set him back.
“But he trialled well at Cranbourne last Monday,” Michael Kent reported – “and he does race well when fresh.”
Off another lengthy break first up last time in Second King won a 1500m Sandown race under the steadier of 60kg – one of the six victories of his consistent 26 start career.
Attempting to become the first triple Stony Creek winner (in fact he is the only two times winner), Second King has been ridden to both of his victories by Peter Mertens who unfortunately is on the sidelines with injury this year – Brad Rawiller to take the ride from barrier six (the same gate he won from two years ago).
The Mertens family will be present however, Peter’s son Beau our stable apprentice who will be on-hand to help out.
Second King hails from a family of Country Cup winners – his half-brother and stablemate Banana Man winning the 2008 Listed Bendigo Cup and the 2009 Listed Mornington Cup.