Explosive Jack was far too good for his rivals...
Newcastle horseman Kris Lees saddles-up two stayers in Thursday’s feature race including the firming favourite in 2018 Gosford Cup betting, French import Singing.
There are 10 horses in the mix for this summer’s Listed $150,000 Gosford Gold Cup (2100m) and it is a wide-open market at Ladbrokes.com.au with six under $10 for the win.
After opening at $5.50 in the Gosford Cup odds, the clear market mover backed right into $3.50 favouritism is eight-year-old Singspiel entire Singing.
The former French galloper is chasing a third win on the trot after back-to-back Doomben victories in Brisbane over the winter.
The latest saw him carry 55kg to a three and a quarter-length victory over 2200m where he led all-the-way.
He should be well-positioned to continue the winning streak going up just a half-kilo in the Gosford Cup field with top hoop Glyn Schofield coming aboard for the ride.
Singing is joined in the race by stablemate Slow Pace, a $34 roughie hope whose latest run on Boxing Day at Randwick produced a disappointing second last when 10th to Montauk in the Group 3 $150,000 Summer Cup (2000m).
The Summer Cup winner Montauk also backs-up in the Gosford Gold Cup in 2018, one of two in the line-up for Sydney’s best Chris Waller.
Drawn gate three with Matthew Cahill retaining the ride, the progressive More Than Ready five-year-old rises from 53kg last time out to 57.5kg on the weekend.
The weight increase has a question mark on whether Montauk can post successive summer wins, the galloper at $6 in Gosford Gold Cup betting.
Waller’s other shot at taking home the Gosford Cup trophy this week is Lonhro five-year-old Hogmanay, the gelding coming off a lead-up win over 1800m at Randwick from December 30.
Hogmanay carried 59.5kg that day and should have an easy time with 54kg on his back this time round, the untapped galloper paying $7.50 to handle the rise in grade and distance.
Following the favourite Singing in the markets at $4.40 meanwhile is perennial fourth placegetter Mighty Lucky in gate five.
An eight-year-old son of Casino Prince, Mighty Lucky has run fourth in his last four starts and in the last three has been beaten by a combined margin of under three lengths.
Two back he ran three-quarters of a length off the winner Crack Me Up in the Group 2 $250,000 Villiers Stakes (1600m) before a last start fourth to Montauk in the Summer Cup.
He was the beaten favourite at Randwick that day and gets the chance to atone and finally return to winning form on Thursday breaking a lengthy drought that goes back to May of 2016.
Occupying the third line of betting at $5 is the defending Gosford Cup winner Red Excitement ($5).
Another evergreen eight-year-old in the race, this Excites gelding has placed in two of his three Sydney lead-ups including the close second in the Summer Cup from December 26.
A winner of two of his three previous Gosford runs, Red Excitement hasn’t been first past the post since saluting by two lengths in last year’s Gosford cup carrying 59kg to victory off a Summer Cup win.
His form is just as good 12 months on, but the reigning champ must carry 60.5kg from barrier eight with Brenton Avdulla booked for the ride.
The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained six-year-old Dee I Cee ($6.50) rounds out the single-figure chances, while the 2016 winner Destiny’s Kiss carries the 61kg top weight from barrier one and pays $12 to salute again.
Check out the latest Gosford Cup 2018 odds below, summer betting markets open now through Ladbrokes.com.au.
2018 Gosford Cup Odds
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