A Family Affair In Port Hedland Cup


Colin Haddon is expecting Sunday’s Tabtouch Port Hedland Cup (2200m) to be a family affair.

Haddon takes the reins on Someday One Day, a six-year-old gelding trained by his father-in-law Tom Pike.

The Lancashire-born jockey believes he is a top chance of taking out the $50,000 race and turning the tables.

The stumbling block is Boys Get Around Him, but Haddon is confident he has the Jacqueline Henderson-trained galloper covered.

Boys Get Around Him has current bragging rights after relegating Someday One Day to runner-up placings at their past two encounters.

Last week Boys Get Around Him held out Someday One Day to win the Roebourne Cup (2200m) for a second consecutive year, despite lumping 62kg.

There is no respite for Boys Get Around Him in the Port Hedland Cup, he carries 63kg, 7 ½ kg more than Someday One Day.

Haddon believes the weight differential will tip the edge in Someday One Day’s favour.

“I think the 63kg will be too big a task to overcome,” Haddon said.

“Boys Get Around Him is a good horse, but that is some weight.

“My horse gets all the favours and gets his chance.

“If he can’t win the Port Hedland Cup he will never beat him.”

A head margin separated Someday One Day and Boys Get Around Him in a thrilling finish to the Roebourne Cup a week back.

Haddon said he was full of praise for Someday One Day who ran a top race after going forward to take up the lead at the 1000m.

“I had to go forward when the pace slackened,” Haddon said.

“They ran a few slow sectionals and I didn’t really have an option.

“I think there will be more speed in the Port Hedland Cup.

“I don’t think I will have to take off so soon.”

Haddon, who has won a Carnarvon Cup and Broome Cup, is searching for his first Port Hedland Cup success.

He ran second on the Henderson-trained This Cat Rocks in 2016.

Julio Santarelli