The Robbie Laing trained Tristram’s Sun broke a twenty year Kyneton Cup drought for popular jockey Vlad Duric by winning today’s Country cup at Kyneton.
Duric had Tristrams’ Sun ($9) racing in the second half of the field coming to the home turn and after moving up to the leaders shortly after surged to the lead in the $100,000 NMIT Kyenton Cup (2000m) to hold off the professional placegetter Extra Zero ($6) to win by two lengths with the topweight Kenjorwood ($3.40 favourite) a neck away in third spot.
“I won it as a sixteen year old on a horse called Change Of Fortune,” Duric said.
“I am twenty years older now and a few hairs less but it is just as nice.”
“He settled good enough and when Kenjorwood strode forward around me, I was fortunate enough I was able to get on his back and just hold him together until I wanted to go and when I asked him he showed a good turn of foot and put the race beyond doubt.”
Tristram’s Sun was stepping up to the 2000m for the first time since running fourth over 2040m at Moonee Valley in February and hasn’t been in the winner’s stall since winning at Sandown over 1400m on August 20.
“Both Brendan and Robbie (Laing) said to me the other day a mile and a quarter would suit him or he has had enough,” Duric said.
“So it looks like the mile and a quarter suited him.”
Tristram’s Sun had some supporters in the betting ring firming from $10 to start at $9 after running thirteenth to Trust In A Gust in the Group 1 $400,000 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11 followed by a last start fourth over 1600m at Moonee Valley.
The David Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained Extra Zero had to overcome a checkered run in the straight before racking up another placing which made it eight minor cheques from his last nine starts.
The Peter Moody trained Kenjorwood didn’t have the best of luck after travelling three wide for the majority of the race but tried hard in the run to the line.
While the well supported Bring Back ($5.50) raced on the pace before finishing in fourth spot.