Veteran gelding Gazza Guru will be out to score a first-ever stakes victory on Thursday when he contests the Group 3 2012 Newcastle Cup (2300m).
Trained by Stephen Farley, the eight-year-old has had 70 career starts for just seven victories but has gone close to upsetting some well-regarded stayers of late.
He finished second to Stout Hearted in the Premier’s Cup Prelude last month before coming within a neck of Gai Waterhouse-trained import Julienas in his hometown event, the Listed Wyong Cup.
A son Street Cry, Gazza Guru contested last year’s Newcastle Cup where he finished a close third to eventual Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon.
Farley, who is best known as trainer of Sincero, is confident the experienced stayer will again give a good account of himself this year.
“He has pulled up well and is fine and we couldn’t be happier with him at the moment going into Newcastle,” Farley said.
“He only just got beat narrowly into third last year by a horse called Green Moon so that form is pretty good for this.”
The eight-year-old has drawn well in barrier from where he will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla.
To win on Saturday Gazza Guru will have to overcome some highly-rated rivals including Gai Waterhouse’s import Glencadam Gold.
Glencadam Gold is being aimed at the Melbourne Cup and is yet to taste defeat from two starts on Australian soil.
The four-year-old scored a narrow first-up victory at Canterbury last month before dominating a quality Premier’s Cup field by two lengths on September 1.
The other major chance in Thursday’s Newcastle Cup is Chris Waller-trained import Kelinni who has only finished worse than fourth once in 15 career starts.
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