Win dedicated to Roy Robinson

As Cambridge galloper Ted’ll Do raced clear of his opposition at Ellerslie today, memories of one of his part-owners, Roy Robinson, flooded back.

While amateur rider Scott Wenn was focusing on the winning post and Ted’ll Do was getting further and further in front in the Dunstan Feeds Maiden and Jumpers 2400, commentator George Simon reminded listeners of Robinson.

“They’re chasing a memory and speaking of which, this one is for you Roy Robinson,” said Simon, who had every reason to get excited as Ted’ll Do strode to the finish seven and a half lengths clear of his nearest rival, Snodroptwinkletoes.

Simon and his wife, Maryanne, are also part of the syndicate which races Ted’ll Do from the stable of Cambridge trainer Shelley Hale. And the fist pump from Simon in the commentator’s box as Ted’ll Do crossed the finishing line told of his elation over the win.

It was Ted’ll Do’s fifth win and his first since Robinson’s death in late January. Robinson, a popular character, was a life member of the Waikato Racing Club and chairman for five years, but he was best-known as the co-owner-trainer of Van Der Hum, the 1976 Melbourne Cup winner.

Robinson retired from training in 2007, ending an era of one of New Zealand’s most successful owner-trainer stables which had begun with his father Ivan and continued through Robinson and his brother Leo, cumulatively producing more than 880 winners.

Among their best horses were 1964 Auckland Cup winner Senor, top colt Piko, who won nearly every Guineas race in New Zealand in 1969 as well as the Great Northern Derby and New Zealand Derby, and star weight-for-age performer Bardall, whose wins included three Foxbridge Plates, the Great Northern Derby and the Waikato Guineas.

Inspite of being associated with such great horses, Robinson also had a soft spot for Ted’ll Do and was always there to celebrate any of his successes.

“We always celebrate with KFC and drinks and we’ll be doing that again tonight,” said Simon.

And there is sure to be a glass or two raised to toast Robinson, who would have got such a thrill from today’s win.