CONNECTIONS of handy New Zealand pacer Ohoka Punter will pay a late nomination fee to have stallion entered into next month’s A G Hunter Cup.
Thanks to his victory in Saturday night’s Shepparton Cup, Ohoka Punter is certain to gain a start in the Grand Circuit gem, which is scheduled to be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on February 6.
Ohoka Punter’s win was a fitting reward for the faith his crew had in the six-year-old, who sent him across the Tasman as a calculated risk.
“We send him over knowing he wasn’t paid up for the Hunter Cup, but were willing to pay the late fee if he raced well enough,” trainer Tony Herlihy said. “Given his win, we will certainly be making sure he is paid up now.”
Driven by former Kiwi reinsman Anthony Butt, Ohoka Punter led throughout to score by three metres from Five Star Anvil, with Yankee Rockstar six metres away third.
Covering the last half in 56 seconds, the son of Bettors Delight rated 1:57 for the 2690-metre trip, slashing 1.4 seconds from Mr Feelgood’s track record established in the 2009 Cup.
- PAUL COURTS