Gai Waterhouse is set to step up the spring campaign of an untapped stayer among her ranks with Danas Best the early favourite to win Thursday’s Newcastle Cup 2013.
The Danasinga four-year-old hasn’t raced in black type company since joining Waterhouse’s Tulloch Lodge stables earlier in the year, before which they were prepared by Lee Freedman and Graeme Rogerson in Victoria.
With Freedman they had just the one stakes assignment when sixth to Solemn in last October’s Listed Geelong Classic (2200m).
They have progressed nicely through the ranks in Sydney for their new trainer however and go into the $175,000 Group 3 XXXX Gold Newcastle Cup (2300m) on the back of three consecutive wins.
After back-to-back efforts over 1900m at Canterbury in August Danas Best was last seen beating home the likes of Ghost Protocol and Agent Bauer by a minimum three quarters of a length in a Benchmark 80 over the mile and a half at Rosehill.
This nice form has seen them installed at the top of the Newcastle Cup odds at a current quote of $4.20.
They have the right draw in gate five of 16, jockey with Tommy Berry in the saddle and a 54kg light-weight too all working to their advantage.
“He is an exciting young stayer,” Berry said of Danas Best to the Newcastle Herald.
“He has shown in restricted races he can stay which is a huge advantage.
“Of course, this is harder, but I certainly give him a chance because he is improving with everything he has done now that he is over staying journeys.”
Nominated for the $400,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 5, the Newcastle Cup will make a nice guide to their chances at elite level this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
There are then three other single-figure fancies in the bumper Newcastle Cup field and markets this year with:
- #11 Ghost Protocol ($8.50) – Runner-up to Danas Best last start on August 31, right distance, drops well back in weights from 57.5kg to 54, improving import nominated for the Melbourne Cup
- #1 Ironstein ($9) – Proven Gerald Ryan-trained stayer, this veteran Zabeel eight-year-old has plenty of experience against better company, come off a close second to Less Is More in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at Rosehill
- #6 Lucripetous ($9) – Chris Waller’s Pentire gelding has won two on the trot, latest over 2200m at Warwick Farm which was a nice effort as they dropped back from a 2600m victory, consistent and versatile think they will make the step up in grade without issue
Aside from the top four in betting there are some other genuine hopes at more generous prices worth a look in for Broadmeadow’s showcase race including the David Payne-trained Premier’s Cup third placegetter Winning Glory ($11) and Waterhouse’s Anabaa mare Tenby Lady ($12).
There’s a logjam after these two then with a quartet of runners all equal on $15 with Starcraft mare Crafty Irna who must carry 57.5kg, Wyong Cup runner-up Peal Of Bells, the Peter Snowden-trained Yulalona who was second in the Grafton Cup over 2350m back in July and the consistent Agent Bauer.
See below for the latest Newcastle Cup 2013 odds, prices provided by Ladbrokes.com.au who have a $250 bonus welcome bet waiting new customers this spring!
2013 Newcastle Cup Odds
Newcastle Race 7 – 4:40pm (AEST) – 19/09/2013
|2||CRAFTY IRNA (3)||15.00|
|3||PEAL OF BELLS (10)||15.00|
|4||WINNING GLORY (15)||11.00|
|5||GAZZA GURU (16)||16.00|
|7||SAINT ENCOSTA (7)||21.00|
|8||PRETTY PINS (13)||21.00|
|10||DANAS BEST (5)||4.20|
|11||GHOST PROTOCOL (8)||8.50|
|12||TENBY LADY (6)||12.00|
|13||AGENT BAUER (11)||15.00|
|16||PLANET PURPLE (2)||51.00|
*Fixed Win odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change