Today the 2013 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup will light-up the northern NSW coastal track and to help make your Thursday arvo a winning one below the Races.com.au team has their insider tips on the mile classic.
Due to run as Coffs Harbour Race 7 at 4:09pm (AEST) this year’s $80,000 Carlton Mid 2013 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m) will be contested by a field of 13 with Geronimo Jack an early scratching.
The bookies and punters are having a hard time separating the field too with six of the remaining hopefuls all under $10 in the latest Coffs Harbour Cup odds.
While they have eased out a little from their opening price, the Bede Murray-trained Kembla Grange visitor World Word remains top of the markets at $3.50.
They have barrier 10 to overcome with Group 1 winning hoop Kathy O’Hara retaining her association on the veteran galloper who is out to improve on their last start 10th over 2000m at Rosehill.
Other early favourites in the markets include the Gai Waterhouse-trained market mover Kontiki Park ($6) with the 60kg top weight to overcome, Christian Reith’s ride Namsarai ($6.50) and Prince Of Capers ($7) who will benefit from having big race specialist Hugh Bowman in the saddle.
So will the favourites salute this afternoon or will there be an upset Coffs Harbour Cup result on the cards?
1st: #10 Single Spirit ($7.50)
Nice price on this Not A Single Doubt four-year-old who was the easy winner of the Sawtell Cup at the track on July 21. Get two weeks between runs which looks ideal and go up less than 100m. The mile is a non-issue as they were second the run before in the Grafton Guineas over the 1600m. Versatile and relished the Heavy (10) Coffs track for the Sawtell Cup. Get another mud track today and gate four to boot. Australia’s most prolific winning hoop Robert Thompson stays on and they get in with the 54kg minimum again. Lots of upside and lots to like.
2nd: #1 Kontiki Park ($7)
Money is coming for this Sydney visitor and it’s not hard to see why. Yes they have the big 60kg on their back giving six kilos away to some class rivals including our tip to win but they are also pretty deserving of that weight and should be able to handle it. Waterhouse had four nominees for the race, including two light weights she was spruiking, but this is the only one she accepted for so she’s giving them a big endorsement for a reason. Suited to the wet track and this is a drop in class from the Witner Stakes where they were eighth.
3rd: #6 Hour Of Peril ($8)
The best of the four locals for us, part-owned by the racecourse’s chairman. Has the second widest barrier but on the Heavy (8) that’s probably not a bad thing. Another with just 54kg which is a plus as they come back from 59kg last start which was a winning effort in the Maclean Cup over 1400m. Has been competitive over 1600m before under former trainer John Thompson so no queries there and Larry Cassidy is travelling to stay on so that’s a big tick too.
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