In a wide open field without a standout favourite Chris Waller’s mare Telepathic is tipped to enjoy the step back up in distance leading the Gosford Gold Cup 2016 betting odds for Friday’s feature on the NSW Central Coast.
A field of just seven stayers face off in this year’s $150,000 Listed Gosford Quarries Gosford Gold Cup (2100m), the handicap clash due to run as Race 6 at 6:28pm (AEST) on Friday evening.
Two of the final acceptors come from the star Sydney stables of Waller including current $2.90 favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au, who are running Money Back on the Gosford Cup if your horse runs second or third, Telepathic.
Drawn in gate four with Damien Oliver booked for the ride, the five-year-old daughter of Mossman won the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) at Rosehill in late November before two sixth place runs over the Randwick mile.
She is back up to a more suitable distance on Friday however and should relish the extra metres looking to atone for her sixth to Medcaut as the beaten favourite on Boxing Day.
Hot on Telepathic’s heels in Gosford Cup betting this summer paying $3.10 is the Joe Pride-trained Power Of Destiny seven-year-old Destiny’s Kiss.
The 49 start veteran with winning form up to two miles was last seen running a close third in the December Handicap at Randwick on December 26, the same race Telepathic failed to salute for the punters in.
He carried 57.5kg that run and has the same weight this week and should be fitter for the run.
Rain in Sydney also suits the veteran who has five wins from 11 heavy track starts so conditions are set to suit.
Two of the other runners in the field are also under $10 to win with Kontiki Dane and Dance Of Heroes paying $5 and $6 respectively.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained four-year-old Danewin mare Kontiki Dane is drawn the rails in barrier one with Kerrin McEvoy retaining the ride after guiding her to victory over 1900m at Rosehill on December 19.
She drops from 57kg to the amended 56kg minimum here but will be needing firmer ground to do her best work.
Dance Of Heroes meanwhile jumps from barrier three with Glyn Schofield in the saddle, Waller’s Danehill Dancer five-year-old another hoping for drier ground.
He comes off back-to-back thirds over 1900m at Rosehill, including behind Kontiki Dane two back, and is on the quick back-up after his effort last Saturday carrying 58.5kg.
The next best in betting are Award Season ($14) and Pheidon ($15) at opposite end of the weight scales carrying 56kg and 58kg respectively.
Newcastle’s Kris Lees prepares Dansili eight-year-old Award Season, the veteran looking to atone for his ninth behind Kontiki Dane last month.
Al Maher five-year-old Pheidon is the second Waterhouse-trained Gosford Cup hope and also comes off a well-beaten run when eighth nearly nine lengths off the December Handicap winner.
Rounding out the Gosford Gold Cup betting markets for Friday as the $26 roughie of the pack is Dream Folk for Warwick Farm’s Gregory Hickman, the galloper after his first win since March last year when successful over 2400m at Kembla Grange.
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