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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Come On You Spurs! Switch in tactics pays dividends for chant horse

A horse named after a popular Tottenham chant is faring well in Australia
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A change of game plan has paid dividends for Coys, with the gelding showing a liking for running on the speed.

The five-year-old, named in honour of the Come On You Spurs chant of Tottenham Hotspur fans, has reached a new level of consistency in a campaign that began in March.

He returns to Randwick for a rare Saturday metropolitan start in the Benchmark 82 Handicap, which will mark the end of an eight-race preparation.

"He's been pretty faultless really, very consistent," said trainer Marc Conners.

Coys: runs in the Benchmark 82 Handicap at Randwick on Saturday

He said the only blemish was a distant last over a mile at Wyong when he was found to have cardiac arrhythmia.

Coys recovered, trialled and then won over the same distance at Wyong in next start.

He recorded the most recent of his five victories at Canterbury on October 27.

"The horse has just got a bit more mature, stronger and we've ridden him more forward this preparation." Conners said.

That revised racing pattern has helped deliver a win and three minor placings from his past four starts.

Coys has posted prize-money of $220,275 from 30 starts, numbers that earn him stable favourite status.

"I'd love another half dozen of him," said Conners.

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He's been pretty faultless really, very consistent

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