Cup maybe a yes to “Do I Know You?”

Doiknowyou (Leith Innes) cruising home at Ellerslie to seal a tilt at Saturday's Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Doiknowyou (Leith Innes) cruising home at Ellerslie to seal a tilt at Saturday’s Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Cambridge horseman Ben Ropiha will be chasing a significant win with Doiknowyou at Hawera on Saturday.

The former jumps jockey is in his fourth season of training and is eyeing up a feature win with Doiknowyou in the $35,000 Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

On a rating of 73, Doiknowyou has slipped into on the minimum in the 2100-metre event and, though he is facing his toughest test, he certainly earned his second crack at open company with his last-start win at Ellerslie on September 24.

That day he trounced his Rating 75 opposition with ease in the hands of Leith Innes, getting home by six and a half lengths from the capable I’llav Bubbles, prepared at Cambridge by Ryan Simpson.

That was Doiknowyou’s third win from 29 starts and he hinted such a performance was on the cards when placed in each of his three other runs this season.

He chased the very promising Megablast home when third at Ellerslie and fourth at New Plymouth the previous start and he started the streak of placings with a close second to Our Gazza when making his open handicap debut at Hawera on August 4.

Doiknowyou will be ridden on Saturday by Michael McNab, who was also aboard when the horse won his second race, at Ellerslie in June last year. McNab has also picked up three placings on the wet-tracker from five other rides and he and Ropiha have combined on a total of 13 occasions for three wins and three placings.

Doiknowyou may be the current form runner for Ropiha, but the Cambridge trainer is also looking forward to the next appearance of stablemate Jayla Monet.

Jayla Monet, who also won three races, is likely make her next appearance at Ellerslie later this month.

“There’s a mile there for her on October 22 and then we’re planning to follow the Dunstan series with her,” said Ropiha.

A daughter of Any Suggestion, Jayla Monet was unplaced when she recently resumed in the Listed Karaka Classic.

“The puggy nature of the track didn’t suit her,” said Ropiha. “It took her a week to get over the race, but she’s right now.”

Jayla Monet had earned that black-type start when ending her previous campaign with a hat trick of wins, the most recent at Ellerslie last June when ridden by McNab.

An Egmont Cup win this weekend will be a major boost for Ropiha, who is in his fourth season of training and has had eight wins.