Can Hughie go one better than he did in 2015 & take the Cup home to Ardmore?!
On this day last year Ardmore trainer Brian Hughes & his stable star Hughie Green went within a half neck of taking out the great race when only going down in the last stride to the Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen trained Auckland Cup victor Have Faith In Me. This year he has another couple of All Stars rivals to contend with but despite his up & down formline in recent weeks, trainer Brian Hughes says Hughie is as bright as ever and shouldn't be discounted over the 3200m given his excellent standing start manners and appreciation for the trip. Team Hughes has a couple of other nice chances on the night so the AP newsdesk caught up with Brian to talk his team's chances and here's what he had to say.
Race 4 (4) Kaitlyn – “She’s come through her recent racing well and working well at home. She is relatively inexperienced compared to a number of others in that race but she found the line nicely in the race that Gupta’s Cullen won in a super time last time out and given the circumstances she probably rates as our best winning chance of the night.”
Race 7 (14) Runrunjimmydunn – “He’s going along nicely at the moment and comes into this race with a confidence boosting win in a lower grade on the track last time out. He has drawn a shocker draw and is going to need a hell of a lot luck against some of these but you can’t win if your not there and if he was to get the luck, he has the ability to feature somewhere not too far in behind them.”
Race 9 (2) Hughie Green – “He’s bright and well and seems a box of birds at home. His form has been a little indifferent over the past few months but he has shown at times that he still has the game to feature against these horses. He comes up with a good draw and his standing start manners are usually spot on so if he can step and put himself in the race, the way that he ran the 3200m out right to the line last year suggests he wouldn’t be without his chance again this year.”
Race 10 (7) Neighlor – “His form has fallen away a bit in recent runs but they have probably been in stronger races than he meets tonight. In saying that though this race is full of talent and he will need to be at his best to get a slice of the action. His work at home suggests he is well and ready to feature so we will have to hope he can get a nice tow into it come the top of the straight and be allowed the opportunity to get over the top of them without having to do a power of work in doing so.”