Do I Know You? – we sure do!

Doiknowyou sporting his body compression suit after a workout for Ben Ropiha.

Doiknowyou sporting his body compression suit after a workout for Ben Ropiha.

Doiknowyou may be only a four-race winner, but he stands out in Cambridge.

In fact, the seven-year-old would stand out on any track in New Zealand and that’s not because of his physical appearance.

As he prepares for Saturday’s Gr.3 $70,000 Campbell Infrastructure Rotorua Cup (2200m) at Rotorua, Doiknowyou has been spotted in his body compression suit. Rather than using a normal rug after his work, trainer Ben Ropiha has been putting the figure-hugging cover on his stable star.

“If it’s good enough for Black Caviar, it’s good enough for me,” said Ropiha.

The champion Black Caviar sported a body compression suit, similar to those used by athletes, on her flight to England where she continued her unbeaten record in the Gr.1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The suit is designed to aid blood movement and Ropiha believes it has helped Doiknowyou.

“It took us a while to work out how to get it on, but it’s no problem now,” said Ropiha. “I use it as a recovery suit after he’s worked.

“When he’s got it on, he just puts his head down and you can see him relax. I’ve used it on him since about mid-February.”

Doiknowyou (Opie Bosson) sealing his Rotorua Cup bid with an impressive Ellerslie win.

Doiknowyou (Opie Bosson) sealing his Rotorua Cup bid with an impressive Ellerslie win.

Since competing at the Wellington Cup meeting last January and finishing eighth on a track firmer than he prefers in the Summer Cup, Doiknowyou has had two starts and looked good in both.

He finished a long neck second to Ocean Emperor fresh-up over 1400 metres at Rotorua on a heavy10 track and was then impressive when winning over 1600 on a slow7 surface at Ellerslie last month.

While Ropiha believes the body compression suit has played its part in Doiknowyou’s latest good form, he also puts it down to improved condition of the horse’s hooves.

“He’s had thin soles since day one and his feet have plagued him his whole career,” said Ropiha. “My brother (Logan) has got him right and he’s showing it. I’ve also been giving him shorter breaks, rather than put him out for two or three months, and that’s helped.”

Ropiha races Doiknowyou with his parents and other family members and Taranaki friends, as well as the Kashani gelding’s co-breeder Jenny Hobson.

“He’s been a good old boy for us, but because of his feet problems he’s been quite limited,” said Ropiha. “He might be seven, but he’s had only 36 starts and we’ve looked after him. We should have a couple more good seasons with him.”

Doiknowyou will go into Saturday’s Rotorua Cup with two shorter distance runs, but Ropiha isn’t worry about his ability to master the 2200 in his toughest test. Doiknowyou has won up to 2100 on a heavy track and had been racing up to 2400 before his brief spell.

“He’s going the best he’s ever gone,” said Ropiha. “I’m relatively confident he’ll be hard to beat after the way he worked last Saturday.”