Thompson Rides Pop ‘N’ Scotch in Queensland Cup 2016

July 15, 2016

Thompson Rides Pop ‘N’ Scotch in Queensland Cup 2016

Local horseman Liam Birchley is hoping the engagement of veteran hoop Robert Thompson for Pop ‘N’ Scotch will see a change of luck for the dual runner-up in Saturday’s 2016 Queensland Cup.

Pop 'n' Scotch (inside)

Pop ‘n’ Scotch (inside) has his third shot at the 2016 Queensland Cup on Saturday after back-to-back seconds in the two mile feature. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Birchley has booked Thompson to partner the stable’s Husson five-year-old in this year’s $100,000 Listed Queensland Cup (3200m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse in the hope of getting the gelding to improve on his two previous seconds in the two mile winter feature.

“Robert rides a bit longer than most jockeys and that will suit Pop ‘N’ Scotch,” Birchley told Racenet.

“I have had a lot of success with Robert over the years.”

Pop ‘N’ Scotch was a distant second to Iggi Pop in 2014 with Ric McMahon aboard before narrowly going down by the barest of margins 12 months ago behind Mister Impatience when the race ran at the Sunshine Coast and Paul Hammersley had the ride.

“He was home everywhere but the line [last year],” Birchley said.

“I didn’t have him the previous year when he was a three-year-old and he was second to Iggi Pop.”

This year Birchley is hoping it will be third time lucky for his out-of-form stayer who hasn’t won a race since June last year at Ipswich or finished in the money since that October at Geelong.

Pop ‘N’ Scotch has been racing since the start of the year without a genuine break, which is a concern for Birchley.

“The Queensland Cup seems to be his race but he has been up for a long while and that is the worry,” he admitted.

The horse’s latest two runs were also disappointing.

Two back he was 12th crossing nearly 19 lengths off Glorious Sinndar in Flemington’s Listed Ramsden Stakes (3200m) over the same distance as the Queensland Cup, ridden by Cory Parish.

Last time out he raced in the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) on July 2, but again finished a well-beaten ninth behind Amexed as a 51/1 outsider with Anthony Allen aboard.

The current Queensland Cup odds at have four runners at single-figures including Chris Waller’s recent Stayers Cup runner-up over the two miles Murphy’s Delight at a short $2.35.

Pop ‘N’ Scotch, who gets in on the 54kg minimum, is far from a roughie paying $13 to return to winning form.

The galloper’s previous trainer John Thompson trains this year’s second favourite Jiayuguan ($3.80), the former French-trained Teofilo mare having her first look at the distance with Damian Browne coming aboard in place of Sam Clipperton.

To check out the full Queensland Cup 2016 betting markets and offers head to today where new depositing players are also eligible for up to $500 in bonuses with use of the code BETBONUS!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field