Guns At Five ready for another attack

Cambridge stayer Guns At Five is on track to continue on his Cups campaign with two trips to the central districts next month.

Guns At Five has already contested three cups in succession this campaign and there are another two immediate cups on the agenda.

He was just beaten by Little Alfie Brown in the Listed Ricoh Feilding Gold Cup at Awapuni on November 2 then finished third to Spring Cheer and Go Joeli in the Gr. 3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Riccarton a fortnight later and followed up with the same placing behind More Than Sacred and Wisecrack in the G. 3 Waikato Times Gold Cup at Te Rapa on December 14.

Trainer Chris Wood now has his sights set on the Listed $55,000 Gallagher Marton Cup (2200m) at Awapuni on January 11 and the Gr. 2 $200,000 Platinum Homes Wellington Cup at Trentham on January 25.

Wood opted to give Guns At Five an exhibition gallop between races at yesterday’s Taupo meeting and was pleased with the hit-out.

Ridden by Trudy Thornton, Guns At Five ran 1000 metres in 1:1.51 and the final 800 in 48.34 seconds. He picked up speed from the 600 and was kept up to the mark by Thornton, who will take the mount at Awapuni.

“I worked him before he ran in the Waikato Cup and he worked a bit average, but that was much better work today,” said Thornton. “He’s pretty casual and I wanted to make sure he had a good blowout. He felt good.”

Wood plans to give Guns At Five a few trips to Raglan for some beach-work as part of his preparation for the Marton Cup.

“He’s pretty clean-winded and a few trips to Raglan will top him off,” said Wood. “It was good work today. He had the blinkers on to make him work a bit more. “