On Friday the country cup’s racing action continues at Wagga with the running of the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup 2014 where the Kurt Goldman-trained Faust shoots for their third on the trot.
The Librettist four-year-old is one of a bumper 19 acceptors for this year’s $140,000 Listed 2014 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) that has a capacity 16 starters.
Drawn in gate 14 with apprentice hoop Sam Clipperton in the saddle is the in-form Faust who comes off back-to-back 1800m wins.
The first was at Randwick’s Kensington track before they came to Wagga Racecourse on April 13 to carry 58kg to a smart two and a half length victory over Too Hi Tek in the Murrumbidgee Cup.
On Friday they get the chance to make it successive cup wins at Wagga and are sure to start near the top of Wagga Cup betting as they drop back to the 54kg minimum.
Also coming via the Murrumbidgee Cup are the Robert Price-trained runner-up Too Hi Tek with Kathy O’Hara to ride and fourth placed Texan Son who just sneaks into the starting line-up with the number 16 saddlecloth.
Gary Colvin’s local Danewin five-year-old Texan Son backed up from that run at the track on April 22 and scored a win of their own in the Country Cup over the 2000m, a performance that will see the punters get behind them again this week.
Third placegetter in the Murrumbidgee Cup Gunner was also accepted but the Brad Witt-trained galloper is the second emergency so is far from assured of a run.
Country Cup runner-up Jo Jo Girl meanwhile is the first emergency for the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup and so the consistent Reset mare could get a chance to turn the table on their last start conqueror.
She’s come close to her own feature win all season having also finished second to Al Ahmar in the Gundagai Cup at the start of April on a Heavy (10) track and so can handle all conditions.
Heading the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field and weights with 58kg is then the Brett Cavanough-trained Niblick who hasn’t won a race since the Listed National Sprint (1400m) in Canberra back in March last year.
Along with Niblick Cavanough has also accepted for Price Of Glory, the duo having run seventh (Prince Of Glory) and eighth (Niblick) in the Schweppes Handicap (1800m) at Sandown last Saturday.
They are both known mudlarks however and so their chances of an upset will improve should the forecast rain in New South Wales fall before Friday.
“There is plenty of rain about so both my horses will go around in the cup,” Cavanough told The Border Mail.
“They had a nice little blow out on the weekend over 1800 metres.
“One of the Wagga committee men said the race had fallen away like you wouldn’t believe.
“So it doesn’t look like being an overly strong Wagga Cup, which is a good thing from my point of view.
“I just need the rain to come and my pair will be ultra-competitive.”
The only others over the minimum are then John Thompson’s Honours List seven-year-old Honourable Aussie (56.5kg) last seen running fourth in the Albury Cup, and the Chris Waller-trained duo of Trade Commissioner (56.5gk) and Beyond Thankful (54.5kg) who both ran second in their lead-up runs.
The complete Wagga Wagga Gold Cup 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed in the table below.
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2014 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
Wagga Race 7 – 4:15pm (AEST) – 02/05/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x080x00828||NIBLICK||Brett Cavanough||Billy Egan||2||58kg||93|
|2||x096725424||HONOURABLE AUSSIE||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||9||56.5kg||90|
|3||x75256x632||TRADE COMMISSIONER (IRE)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||13||56.5kg||90|
|4||400352×312||BEYOND THANKFUL (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||5||54.5kg||86|
|5||0x91252211||FAUST (NZ)||Kurt Goldman||Sam Clipperton (a)||14||54kg||83|
|6||1197×36527||PRICE OF GLORY||Brett Cavanough||Ms Linda Meech||11||54kg||82|
|7||048558×928||WORLD WIDE||Bede Murray||Brodie Loy (a)||6||54kg||82|
|8||310124×077||TRAJET||Liam Birchley||Chris Munce||17||54kg||80|
|9||347x70x686||DEVISED||Tim Donnelly||John Kissick (a)||4||54kg||79|
|10||x715465165||MICALONG||Mick Miladinovic||Richard Bensley||19||54kg||78|
|11||6484×39343||ASCLEPIUS||Len Hodgson||Jeff Penza||12||54kg||76|
|12||1302×53502||GRAND SAI WAN||Peter Burgun||Ms Shirley Hunter||8||54kg||76|
|13||x3169x3141||THERESMUSICPLAYING (USA)||Matthew Dale||Brenton Avdulla||7||54kg||75|
|14||0x19830x53||MURDOCH’S JOY||Brian Cox||Regan Bayliss (a)||1||54kg||73|
|15||58625×1362||TOO HI TEK||Robert Price||Ms Kathy O’Hara||10||54kg||73|
|16||1312×21541||TEXAN SON||Gary Colvin||Jake Duffy||15||54kg||70|
|17e||211×523322||JO JO GIRL||Tim Donnelly||Jake Duffy||18||54kg||70|
|18e||246×123403||GUNNER||Brad Witt||Josh Adams||16||54kg||69|
|19e||40×0972106||SURZEAL||Trevor Sutherland||Michael Heagney||3||54kg||59|