Taranaki trainer Bryce Revell has got his man – Chris Johnson will ride his  stayer Duellicious in Saturday’s NZ Cup.

Johnson, back from Melbourne and two unsuccessful  rides on Savvy Coup, starts  a week’s suspension  after Saturday, Victory on Duellicious would cover the lost pay.

A four-year-old, Duellicious has won 3 of her 10 races. It doesn’t seem that long ago when he was winning a highweight.

Duellicious  wound up raceday preparation for the cup with a sixth in the Metrop on Saturday.

Johnson”s agent John  Tannahill wasn’t fussed with the run – he doesn’t arrange Jonnson’s southern rides – but Revell was pleased .

“She hadn’t run for three weeks so the Metrop run would have cleaned her up nicely.”

Revell  was happy with Sam Spratt’s Metrop ride but he   had eyes only for Johnson    when it came to the cup.

Who was his back-up choice? ”Didn’t have one,” he said bluntly

Johnson enjoyed NZ Cup success on Mercantor and Double Take in the early 1990s.

Duellicious, whose opening futures quote was $41, was $14 roday. Felaar is the $5 favourite followed by Mental Telepathy ($7).