Two in succession for Cuba

Randwick’s John Thompson backed up the win by Sweet Deal in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes over 1400m at Newcastle on Friday with Cuba making it two wins in succession when leading all the way in the $125,000, Schweppes Bm 78 Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Cuba and apprentice Chris Williams, picture

The win franked Thompson’s excellent start this season with Cuba registering win number nine for the stable in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Cuba, a five-year-old All Too Hard gelding, won at Warwick Farm over 1400m on August 28th with apprentice Chris Williams up and they repeated the effort on Saturday. Williams had Cuba (carried 55kg) out well from barrier eight and they were leading from the outset.

Rated well by Williams the winning margin was 3/4L at the line with Super Star Bob (Mossman) (56kg) and Kerrin McEvoy with Excelsior (Poet’s Voice) (57kg) and Luke Currie third, the margin 1 3/4L.

The time was 1.23.34 on the Soft 7 track with the final 600m inm36.10. Cuba paid $7.00 on fixed odds and $5.10 on the tote as favourite.

“Going all right isn’t it,” said Thompson with a satisfied smile.

“We will take him through his grades and get his confidence up. He is as genuine as.

Cuba, out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Tabaso Kitten, owned and bred by the Joy Luck Syndicate connections, was winning for the fifth time overall from 25 starts and with nine placings his stakes have progressed to $231,690.

John Thompson, picture

Schweppes Bm 78 Handicap, photo finish picture ATC