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Second King Chasing Cup Treble

Second King will be given the chance to set another significant record for the Stony Racing Club on Sunday in the Stony Creek Cup.

Second King Chasing Cup Treble

Second King will be given the chance to set another significant record for the Stony Racing Club on Sunday in the Stony Creek Cup.

Mick Kent
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Trainer Mick Kent has confirmed that he would try to win the $70,000 Stony Creek Cup (2100m.) for the third successive year with the seven-year-old.

Second King Horseform is the only dual winner of the Stony Creek Cup since the race was first run in its present form in 1964.


Three-time winners of Cup races are rare on any track , the most famous being triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2003-2005).

Stony Creek already shares a history-making achievement with Flemington as.they are the only two Victorian racecourse to produce a triple dead-heat result.

The first was at Flemington on Derby Day in 1956 when Fighting Force (Jack Purtell), Ark Royal (Reg Heather) and Pandie Sun (Bill Williamson) could not be separated at the finish of the Hotham Handicap.

Victoria got its second triple dead-heat in the Rod Carmichael Handicap at Stony Creek on January 28, 1987. The trio were Chesterfield (Peter Clarke), Fast Seal (Graeme McLeish) and Mr Spectre (Michael Barlow).

Second King was ridden by Peter Mertens when he won the Stony Creek Cup in 2012 and again last year.

In 2012 he beat the smart galloper Module by a length and last year he won from Zlatan and Akzar, who recently has won his past three starts at Flemington (twice) and Moonee Valley.

Brad Rawiller is the likely rider for Second King on Sunday as Peter Mertens is sidelined through injury and won’t ride again for some months.

The Stony Creek Racing Club had hoped Mertens would be well enough to attend its Cup day as a special guest.

Mertens, in a way, will be represented as his son Beau, 16, is apprenticed to Kent and will be on hand to help with Second King’s bid for a “threepeat”.

Beau Mertens recently rode in his first official barrier trial.

Kent said he would pay up for Second King to run in the Cup and hoped he was ready for the race.

“The horse had a sore hock about six weeks ago and that deprived him of a second lead-up run,” he said. “But he trialled well at Cranbourne on Monday and he does race well when fresh.”

Second King has raced only 26 times for six wins and seven minor placings. Kent said he was able to win last year’s Cup at his second run into a campaign.

Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Ralph Gallagher was delighted that Kent had decided to run Second Chance in the Cup again. “He must know that things can happen in “threes” at Stony Creek”, he said.

“Even if it is 27 years since our famous triple dead-heat”.

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