Seven-year-old gelding Midsummer Sun will return to the Central Coast on Friday to defend his Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) crown.
The former British stayer won the Gosford Cup this time last year, where he finished less than half a length ahead of runner-up Brigantin.
Midsummer Sun has failed to win a race in the twelve months since last year’s Gosford Cup, however he has pleased his owners with eight finishes in the money including four placings, including the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m), Listed ATC Cup (2000m), and Summer Cup (2000m).
Trainer Sam Kavanagh is confident a return to the 2015 Gosford Cup – his biggest win since moving to Sydney at the beginning of the 2013/14 season – will mark Midsummer Sun’s return to the winner’s circle.
The gelding was runner-up in the Summer Cup (2000m) on Boxing Day, finishing less than one length behind winner I’m Imposing. He got posted three wide so worked up forward. He was the first horse to track up wide at the turn and momentarily struck the front at the 250m mark. He couldn’t keep up with the winner in the sprint but surged again late to beat Casino Dancer into second place.
Kavanagh is confident Midsummer Sun will relish the return to 2100 metres.
“He is looking for the 2100 metres now,” Kavanagh told Sky Racing.
“He has worked well since the Summer Cup and I couldn’t be happier going back to Gosford.”
I’m Imposing finished fourth in last year’s Gosford Cup but will not get a chance to finish better this Saturday since his recent winning form has ruled the gelding out of handicap races. He will instead be aimed towards weight-for-age races in Brisbane during the winter.
Trainer Chris Waller will still be represented in the race with Multilateral and Black Jag likely runners alongside possibility Permit.
“The three will be nominated and we will decide later in the week if they all run,” Waller said.
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