2014 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Field Features Faust

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.


Known mudlark Niblick (inside) is the top weight of Friday's Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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


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