Peggson and Yarraman have each had a moment of glory in the 1600m Ipi Tombe Stakes (L) and they step out again at Borrowdale Park on Sunday, 7th March, aiming for a repeat performance.
This year there are seven contestants all set to carry 60 kgs in the race which honours Ipi Tombe, but at the weights the previous winners may be hard to beat.
In 2019 Peggson, by Jaypeg and with Brendon McNaughton up, beat Twilight Trip by 0.75 lengths in good going, and Simona ran third. Peggson went on to win the Castle Tankard that year.
In 2020 Yarraman, by Await The Dawn (USA) and ridden by Hennie Greyling, beat Peggson (Thackeray) by half a length. Three To Tango (Takawira) came third – that day Fareeq was almost 11 lengths behind the winner. The conditions were soft underfoot and since then Yarraman has won the 1800m National Foods Cup, in soft going, beating Peggson who was giving the winner 4 kgs, and Sunday’s runners Mr Greenlight, Wantage, Fareeq and Three To Tango.
Mr Greenlight was an impressive winner over 1260m in his last outing, and in December, in an 1800m Pinnacle Plate, Three To Tango (*Satombo) beat all of Wantage Yarraman, Peggson and Fareeq, in soft going, but the weights are very different now, although presumably Satombo will be claiming 2.5 kgs.
Last, but not least, in this competitive field is Bugatti Blue who has won his last two starts over 2000m and 1700m. The son of Traffic Guard (USA) usually puts his best hoof put forward but may have to try harder here.