Day At The Track

'Barnsy' gets the job done in Nelson Cup

11:30 AM 09 Jun 2013 NZST
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John Versteeg Givethejobtobarnsy
John Versteeg - Joined by MC Bill Monk

After an emphatic victory on day one of the Nelson meeting, many expected Givethejobtobarnsy to repeat the dose in today’s (June 9) $12,500 Nelson Winter Cup, and the giant Washington VC pacer who reportedly stands at 17.2 hands didn’t let his supporters down.

Just like the first day, Givethejobtobarnsy and his trainer/driver John Versteeg adopted ‘catch me if you can tactic', and although Graduate Under Fire (John Dunn) got closer than he did on day one (3/4 of a length), he couldn't overhaul the five-year-old gelding who powered through the slush to record a 56.1 final half.

"It's one thing to get up to him, but it's another to get past," said Versteeg.

"He has always had the ability, it was just a case of waiting for him to fill into his big frame and strengthen up," said the Irwell based horseman. "He looks like he has done that now, but in saying that I still think he will be a better horse in another 12 months," he added.

"It certainly makes my job easier having so much horse power in between the sulky shafts. It's nice for a change, i'm not used to it," he quipped.

Givethejobtobarnsy and Graduate Under Fire, who has come along in leaps and bounds since joining the Dunn's, spaced their rivals, with a further ten lengths back to Simple Saver (Mark Jones) in third.

Versteeg, a regular at the Nelson and Blenheim meetings, confirmed that the Marlborough Winter Cup is next on the agenda for ‘Barnsy.'

"I'm not sure if we will start him the first day of Blenheim, we may just save him for the cup."

by Mitchell ROBERTSON

Givethejotobarnsey taking out the Nelson Winter Cup

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