El shows that Tyson fight

Cambridge galloper El Tyson is living up to his name, as he showed again at Rotorua last Saturday when winning the Burton Construction Highweight.

When mentioning the name Tyson, the initial thought is of world champion boxer Mike Tyson and the equine equivalent showed some of that same fight when kicking on strongly to complete a double in the hands of Troy Harris.

What El Tyson lacks in size, he makes up for in courage. He has shown plenty in his last two starts when carrying 68kg, a big weight for a three-year-old against the older hardened jumpers and seasoned stayers.

A son of El Hermano, El Tyson has been placed four times in his first five starts for trainer Mark Brooks and broke through for a well-deserved win at Rotorua on April 16 in a 1950-metre event. It was a hard-fought win that day over Mr Nifty, but he had more to spare last Saturday when stepped up to 2200 metres.

Harris again rode a well-judged race on the son of El Hermano and had the race won early in the home straight. Houndscry made ground strongly from the back for second but was never going to pick up El Tyson and went down by a length and three-quarters.

On hand to celebrate the win was Frank Drummond, who along with his wife Faye, bred and owns the son of the Australian-bred mare Twining.