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This Friday the popular Listed $160,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) steals the show in the Riverina and the capacity field is led in betting by the in-form Mark Newnham-trained Gresyful Glamour.
Due to run as Race 7 at 4:20pm on the card, the 2020 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field features the full 16 starters plus an emergency.
Drawn well in barrier three for jockey Koby Jennings, race favourite is four-year-old Stratum mare Greysful Glamour chasing her first win since the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) first-up at Caulfield back in February.
Her latest two runs in Sydney have both produced Group 3 placings, the latest behind 2018 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup winner Life Less Ordinary in the JRA Plate (2000m) at Randwick on All Aged Stakes Day.
The JRA Plate has produced plenty of Wagga Gold Cup champs in recent years, but Greysful Glamour will need to be improving as she rises from just 53kg that race to the 56.5kg second topweight on Friday.
The bookies are taking no chances however with the striking grey mare sitting top of the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup odds at $4 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Her trainer Newnham however has warned punters that Greysful Glamour will be scratched from the race if there’s rainfall in Wagga for Cup Day forcing a Heavy track rating.
Occupying the second line of Wagga Wagga Gold Cup betting paying $6 to overcome the hefty 60.5kg topweight is the James Cummings-trained Best Of Days for Godolphin.
Drawn barrier six with Blaike McDougall booked for the ride, the import is out to break a notable winning drought with his last turf triumph being the Group 1 Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington back in November of 2018.
His form has been hit and miss since but does include a Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) second in Perth last November and third in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) also at Ascot that summer.
Most recently he ran fourth in the JRA Plate under the guidance of Hugh Bowman, Friday the galloper’s chance to turn the tables on Gresyful Glamour out of the same key lead-up.
There are a further three single-figure fancies in the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup field this season with the Joe Pride-trained Kaapfever ($7) coming off a string of good runs at Warwick Farm, Chris Waller’s class mare Savacool ($7.50) and the rails-drawn House Of Cartier ($9.50).
Waller has prepared the past two Wagga Wagga Gold Cup winners and three in the past seven years, the master horseman back chasing a hat-trick on Friday with the widely-drawn Savacool (16).
The five-year-old daughter of Savabeel hasn’t won since November of 2018 but her lead-up form has been solid including carrying 56kg to a close third in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield last month.
2020 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup Field & Barriers
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||803523×604||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Blaike McDougall||6||60.5kg||105|
|2||02514×1032||GREYSFUL GLAMOUR||Mark Newnham||Koby Jennings||3||56.5kg||101|
|3||2x00323x99||MAURUS (GB)||John Thompson||Brodie Loy||17||54.5kg||93|
|4||6694230×86||MASTER OF ARTS (NZ)||John Thompson||Brock Ryan (a)||14||54kg||92|
|5||52255×5363||SAVACOOL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||16||54kg||89|
|6||9201008106||SPUNLAGO||Ron Stubbs||Mathew Cahill||4||54kg||89|
|7||8010338449||HOUSE OF CARTIER||John Sargent||Ms Jess Taylor||1||54kg||85|
|8||0431x5x080||PURPLE SECTOR (NZ)||John Thompson||Shaun Guymer||8||54kg||83|
|9||7117×09142||KAAPFEVER (NZ)||Joseph Pride||Jay Ford||9||54kg||76|
|10||x47527x407||HIGH OPINION||Kris Lees||Chad Lever||12||54kg||74|
|11||115×000801||MONKERY||David Blundell||Josh Richards (a)||13||54kg||68|
|12||0665×56508||SALSONIC||Jason Coyle||Ms Winona Costin||5||54kg||68|
|13||1100862317||AZARYAH||Trevor Sutherland||Tyler Schiller (a)||11||54kg||66|
|14||116×048241||THE DOCTOR’S SON||John Whitelaw||Michael Heagney||7||54kg||66|
|15||439094×030||GENTLEMAN MAX||Trevor Sutherland||Brendan Ward||10||54kg||60|
|16||5x550x6103||RIVER OF GOLD||Mitchell Beer||Simon Miller||2||54kg||59|
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