Randwick-based trainer John O’Shea believes his quality galloper Legsman can turn the tables on his last-start conquerors and take out Thursday’s Gosford Gold Cup 2012 after coming up with a favourable mid-field barrier draw.
The Pins six-year-old, winner of Rosehill’s Winter Cup last year, was last seen finishing one and a half lengths away third to winner Straight Albert and runner-up Winning Glory in the Listed Tattersall’s Club Cup (2095m) at Warwick Farm on January 2 after leading into the straight.
Legsman will get the chance to face off against both Guy Walter’s in-form Straight Albert and the David Payne-trained Winning Glory as the trio has been accepted for the $125,000 Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2100m) on Thursday.
In the Tattersall’s Club Cup Legsman carried 54.5kg with Jim Cassidy aboard from gate eight, and it is this exact same combination of weight-hoop-barrier they will have for the Gosford Gold Cup.
“It (the barrier) is about right for him,” O’Shea said of Legsman’s Gosford Gold Cup draw.
“He is better in eight, nine and 10 and he is in eight.”
While Legsman was run down in the Tatt’s Cup at Warwick Farm, O’Shea believes that if they can find the lead again, they won’t give away the front spot as easily at Gosford.
“I reckon Gosford will suit him better,” O’Shea said.
“The fence was a bit off at Warwick Farm (+2m).
“They got to him quickly and he didn’t get the chance to fight like he usually does.
“I don’t think that will be happening on Thursday.”
Straight Albert will get the inside running on Thursday having drawn barrier one, but they rise from 54kg to 55.5kg, while Winning Glory will jump from the ideal barrier four draw, Nathan Berry to ride them on 54kg, the same weight they had in the Tatt’s Cup last-start.
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