Champion; I Can Doosit is chasing back-to-back victories in the Rowe Cup this Friday night.
The Gr.1 $NZ150,000 Canam Rowe Cup at Alexandra Park, Auckland on Friday night looks at the mercy of champion trotter I Can Doosit.
The 3200m stand start feature is the final leg of the 2011/12 Trotters Grand Circuit and features the best of the best currently racing in New Zealand.
For the second straight year, no Australian trained trotter has headed across the ditch despite the success of Sundons Gift who conquered the Kiwi’s in 2010.
The domination of I Can Doosit may have scared off the Aussie invasion but the locals are yet again prepared to tackle the latest millionaire trotter in this time honoured feature.
Co-trained by Mark Purdon and Grant Payne, the star trotter is chasing back-to-back victories in the Rowe Cup after his brutal exhibition last year when unleashing a huge finishing burst to beat Dr Hook and Raydon, two rivals he will meet again on Friday night.
The dual Inter Dominion champion is also aiming for twelve straight victories plus a clean sweep of the “Auckland Trotting Triple Crown” after clinical victories in the Listed $NZ25,000 Greenlane Cup followed by his victory last week in the Gr.1 $NZ200,000 ANZAC Trotting Cup.
The 6yo Muscles Yankee gelding overcame a tricky second line draw under mobile conditions last week and will start from the same position again this week from the stand.
His breathtaking victory last week has left many experts in awe of the champion including his co-trainer and regular driver Mark Purdon.
“I thought that was his best performance yet…..he was unbelievable.” Purdon declared.
Raced by Ken and Karen Breckon, I Can Doosit boasts an extraordinary Alexandra Park record winning 14 of his 21 starts at the track which races in a clockwise direction.
Connections have recently turned down an invitation to race their champion throughout Europe later this year.
I Can Doosit has claimed four of the five Grand Circuit events he has contested this season and currently leads the way with 20 points, 3 clear of nearest rival Vulcan who will not contest Friday’s feature.
Possible threats this week include his older brother Sno’s Big Boy, reliable trotter and last year’s runner-up Dr Hook plus giant gelding Raydon.
Dr Hook is one of three runners in the event trained by master conditioner Paul Nairn, former champion Stig continues on his comeback trail while the talented Musgrove will also represent the stable.
Other chances include Fayanni, Jaccka Jack, Springbank Richard and The Fiery Ginga.
It’s hard to mount cases for the rivals of I Can Doosit considering his vicious and ruthless racing style he has demonstrated in recent months.
The Canam Rowe Cup is race 11 on the program.
Catch the action ‘live’ on Sky 2.