KEMBLA GRANGE HORSE RACING
A horse once described as a "real headache" and never likely to race again will fly the flag for Terry Robinson as he attempts to break his duck in the race named after his late father.
Frequent Journey, a six-year-old restricted to just eight career starts, will carry the hopes of the astute Robinson in the Kevin Robinson Memorial Cup (1200m) at Kembla Grange today.
Kevin Robinson was a champion trotting driver in the sport's golden era in the 1960s and 1970s, before later turning his hand to thoroughbred training with great success. He died in 2005.
And if Terry ever wanted to know what it's like to win his father's race, he needn't ask much further than the dinner table conversation.
"I haven't won it yet," Robinson joked. "My sister [Anne-Marie] has won it and both brother-in-laws [Robert Price and Brian Adams] have won it too."
The race is the first circled on the family's calendar at the start of the new season, with Terry cautiously optimistic about the chances of Frequent Journey.
"Gwenda Markwell had the horse originally and I think he always showed ability, but unfortunately he had a bad tendon and we thought he would never race again," Robinson said.
"He took a long time to break into the barriers and get tractable. We sacked him because of it and he was a real headache.
"I thought he would win a race last time in, but still did a very good job. This time in, he seems to have come back a better horse.
"He does race in blinkers, which doesn't seem to worry him as much as last prep."
Scott Pollard will steer Frequent Journey from barrier eight.