Horse racing: Meet New Zealand Trotting Cup hopeful horse, whose best friend is road cone

If you're after a horse to follow in Tuesday's New Zealand Trotting Cup we may have just the one for you.

Owned, bred and trained by Kevin and Barb Chapman, four-year-old colt Beach Ball will become just the pair's third horse to race in the Cup.

But it turns out there's another item that would have made for a more appropriate name.

Meet Beach Ball. His name isn't the only thing that's synonymous with a hot summer's day.

But the thing he's best known for has nothing to do with the beach.

You see his best friend is a road cone.

"He just loves it," Kevin Chapman told Newshub, despite having no idea where the cone came from.  

Kevin and wife Barb have been with Beach Ball from the get-go. The colt is from their mare Twilight Rascal - a winner of nine races herself.   

"[We] had the mare all the way through," Kevin continued. "[We] went through all the foaling, the weaning, the whole nine yards.  

"I broke him in, the whole way through. It's pretty special."

Involved in racing all his life, Beach Ball will be just the third runner the Chapmans have had in the New Zealand Cup.  

"My father won the New Zealand Derby in 1959, I was only seven at the time," said Kevin. "It's something we've always done."  

And it's still a family affair to this day, Kev and Barb's granddaughter chose his name.  

"We were saying 'oh he's pretty bouncy isn't he?' And she said 'oh, he's like a beach ball.'"  

Sadly, Kevin won't be at Addington for Tuesday's race though. He's on crutches after undergoing hip surgery last month.   

That's seen friend Benny Hill temporarily take over training duties. Hill won the New Zealand Cup twice with Monkey King.  

"He's a bit full on in the barn, he's a busy horse," said Hill. "He's happy doing his thing.  

"He doesn't call out to the girls."   

Perhaps it might be the girls at Addington calling him home on Tuesday.