Veteran Kiwi trainer Ray Green has the best pacer he’s ever trained on his hands in the form of Copy That after dethroning Australia’s superstar King Of Swing at Albion Park on Saturday night, now he has turned his attention to proving it was no fluke when they butt heads again in the Blacks A Fake later this week.
The 75-year-old has a storeyed 50-year training career that has taken him across the globe but it is Group 1 Sunshine Sprint winner Copy That which gives him an added spring in his step.
Holding out King Of Swing in a three-way finish in the Sunshine Sprint, boom Kiwi Copy That has thrown down the gauntlet for the $250,000 rematch on Saturday night and while driver Anthony Butt knows what he has at his disposal, he is refusing to declare “The King” is down and out.
“You can’t be confident against a horse as good as King Of Swing. He was enormous in defeat (in the Sunshine Sprint),” Butt said.
It marked the first time King Of Swing had been beaten in 10 sprint races however he looks a tougher prospect to beat in the Blacks A Fake after enduring a tough run in transit in the Sunshine Sprint.
Copy That (inside) holds off King Of Swing (middle) to win the Sunshine Sprint at Albion Park. Photo: Dan Costello.Source:Supplied
The win gave Green extra satisfaction after he backed himself in packing his bags and brought his stable stars Copy That and American Dealer to Queensland to race during the winter carnival.
“You can just go into it hoping for a good draw, knowing we’ve never had Copy That any better and he’s versatile enough for Anthony (Butt) to drive how he needs to according to the race,” Green said.
Both pacers had queries over where they were at after Copy That came out of a career-worst run in New Zealand and many felt American Dealer was a shadow of himself.
The pair now have four wins between them on Australian soil and Green has been left to revel in his achievements.
“Relief is probably the first emotion and then you start to feel satisfied,” he said. “I had to have the faith in the horses and the ability to turn them around away from home. It’s been a fantastic few weeks and Mark Dux and his family have been the most wonderful and helpful hosts.”
“I’ve had some really, really nice horses, but you’d have to say Copy That is the best. He was the standout of his three-year-old crop and he’s been able to step so quickly and successfully into top open-class racing.”
Originally published asTrainer prepares for rematch with King of Australian harness
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