Lightning Blue Posted November 10, 2021 Share Posted November 10, 2021 Karrots did some background of Trainer Ray Green and Copy That on their road to NZ Cup Victory yesterday. Great work Karrots. Just re- post here as got lost amongst a bit of fun chatter by the locals on a thread and is Very well done and an appreciative acknowledgement of the win by Copy That yesterday. Posted 1 hour ago (edited) What a tale. Karrots presents - a pretend synopsis for a TV show or movie. Based on real life events. Young Green sets sail on a ship containing a horse he is sailing with overseas. The seas are rough & a few dramas afloat transpire. Arriving in Ireland, the tale shows young Green quickly gaining friends & experience in his new home. Also shows him doing what young lads do, spending any spare change from work at the pub. Upon deciding he’s done his time there, he waved goodbye to his now life long mates & returned home back to NZ. Now an older Green, at weanling sales with wife. 1 in particular caught her eye. “His walk”, she says. “I like his walk”. Green knowing the term “happy life, happy wife”. Buys the colt later to be known as Copy That for a cheap $7k. While other buyers are buying up large, spending $100k - 200k. They are not rich people so he is affordable for them. Upon entering the stall to check him after purchase he launches at her. Quickly shutting the door. Green is thinking - oh dear, this must be why we got him so cheap. Upon bringing him home time, & time again, he tests the patience of Green. Green is at wits end with this horse. Now we are at his 1st start, then his next, & next to no avail. Feeling nearly beat, Green gives him 1 last chance. He wins. Still a mischief maker on the track he heads out again, with so much head gear he looks like he could be from Mars, but by now he has started to catch the eye of some in the industry. To a point he has an offer from an overseas buyer, but Greens wife would like to keep the horse. Green empathically telling her “honey its not realistic, we are not rich people, this money will pay off the rest of our mortgage”. So eventually Greens wife sadly relents, but a deal is bargained that Green will continue to train the horse. A year later & he is now favourite for the NZ CUP & he is still so young as his actual birth day is 15 Nov 2016. So he is actually still 3 & 3 y-o by a later rule that will pass. Tensions are high & it is excitement plus for the popular Green as its his 1st NZ Cup runner. Cup Day arrives the crowds pour onto the course. The energy is surreal. 5 minutes out from the start, 4 mins out, 3 mins out, 2 mins out, 1 min out, GO! Copy That is denied a fair start. The crowd is in dismay. The race forums ALL alight with “sack the starter”. Some of the drivers threaten to boycott Show Day if no action is taken. Its in NZ news, headline the (Shocking start which ruled out Cup favourite Copy That). Within 72 hours the starter of many years has been let go. The winner was the new Star of NZ Self Assured. As Green and his team watch on as Self Assured they take the winning honours. They soon depart the South Island, feeling deflated, but not defeated. The new star shines so bright over the next 11 months. While Copy That and Green have their ups and downs. By now a pandemic has re-taken hold of NZ, which has been forced back into lockdown. Business as normal is replaced with a new restricted way of life. Its NZ CUP time again, Green applies for a travel pass to South but is denied. He holds the horse in the North, having an unconventional lead-up. The critics are harsh. Writing he won’t be ready for the distance of the Cup. Many have written off his chances. Copy That flies solo a few days prior without his trainer. The care-taker NZ leading driver B Orange is so careful with the horse, wrapping the horse. He & 2 of his children checking regularly on Copy That. Then the big day arrives. They are so concerned for the welfare of the horse instead of putting him into a box that day, they opt for an open stall. Oranges children staying with the horse at all times, giving him love & attention - kisses & cuddles. But nature calls & they need to use the bathroom & eat. They briefly slip off. Upon their return they are in shock horror. The horse is lying on the ground. Looks dead. They panic, running to tell the team who are nearby. He’s on the ground, motionless. Frantically the others race into his stall to check. Is he dead? With a sign of relief, an eye opens, then another eye. Then he stands himself up. Checking over him, he appears ALL ok. He was just taking an uncharacteristic nap, hours before he was about to race. During this time, the trainer of the Star & HOT fav last years winner Self Assured + the last past 7 ish years of NZ Cup has been winning with driving win after driving win after win. People are starting to talk. Punters are starting to take action. Self Assured is plunging in the betting even more. Cutting to Green at home the confidence is starting to fade. But he still has faith in his horse. Cutting to lining up 5 mins to go, 4 mins to go, 3 mins to go, 2 mins to go. 1 min to go. All eyes on the start. GO! They are off, Copy That is away albeit slightly slowly, Self Assured has made a great beginning & is ahead of Copy That. But within a split second & Self Assured is blocked in by Kango who has sweep left from the outside front row, cutting him off from going forward any further & in that exact moment Orange & Copy That sail on by forward. Forward towards the lead. Infront & Orange takes 10 looks behind him during the running, looking for the Star Self Assured, where is he, when is he coming for us? Just before a lap to go he makes his move. Laver punching up in the middle to make him work just that little bit extra, making him go 3 wide around a bend. Copy That picks up the pace. The tension is HIGH. The horses are starting to feel the effects of the mammoth 3200 along the back straight the final time. They are nearing for home. They turn for home. He is clear, he starts to run up the track, They are all on tired legs over the long distance. But the its clear the cup is his. Orange salutes as they sail across the line. They cut to an interview with the trainer Green. Who is in tears. “Our boy did it. He did it”. Green says. The Cup will go to the North. First time in years. The audience is stunned. Ending a long reign on the NZ CUP of the Southern champion trainers the All Stars, Green & Copy That go into the NZ racing history books. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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