2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Results: Mugatoo Salutes for Punters Ahead of Epsom Day

September 19, 2020

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Results: Mugatoo Salutes for Punters Ahead of Epsom Day

The Newcastle Gold Cup 2020 results went the way of the punters at Broadmeadow on Friday with the Kris Lees-trained favourite and top-weight Mugatoo powering home for a dominant win in the spring feature.

Mugatoo Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup winner Mugatoo. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of Sydney’s top trainers, Lees had failed to win his hometown cup until this week and was thrilled to finally take out the Group 3 $200,000 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) with in-form six-year-old Mugatoo.

“I am very relieved and very grateful too,” the 15-time Group 1 winning horseman told the media post-win on Friday.

“It’s not a time-honoured event for some, but it’s our home town Cup and it means a lot to a lot of people.

“Australian Bloodstock are all Newcastle boys so it is very rewarding and a great feeling.”

A six-year-old son of Henrythenavigator, Mugatoo posted his third win on the trot and back-to-back Group 3 victories following a lead-up win in the Premier’s Cup (1900m) at Rosehill on August 29.

The horse went up two kilos to the 59kg top-weight at Newcastle, but was still too good for his rivals sweeping home for a one and a half-length victory over last year’s champion Hush Writer ($5) for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

Further adding to the Lees’ stable celebrations was the big run from his German-bred mare, the fellow Australia Bloodstock-raced Attention Run who improved on a Wyong Cup fifth to round out the trifecta in third at $26 odds.

“She was brave and she has got a good race in her in the right conditions,” Lees said.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy enjoyed his third win in the event and his second in three years following earlier success aboard Streetfighter (2009) and Carzoff (2018).

The three-time Melbourne Cup winning hoop gave Mugatoo ($2.40F) the perfectly-timed ride, settling the stayer in the middle of a strung-out field.

Corning four-wide into the straight, McEvoy began to wind up the top elect who charged home to run down the leader Hush Writer inside the final 100m and deny the runner-up successive Newcastle Gold Cup victories.

“I was a little bit worried on straightening, he just wanted to lay in a touch I thought, but he is a really good horse and he has got a bright future,” McEvoy said.

Lees is now looking towards the Group 1 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features with Mugatoo who is likely to target the Group 1 $1 million Epsom Handicap (1600m) over the Randwick mile on October 3.

All-in 2020 Epsom Handicap betting at Ladbrokes.com.au has Mugatoo listed at $17.

The horse could also be extended out to a mile and a half with Lees keeping open the option of a Group 1 $750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m) held on the same day.

“I would suggest he is probably Epsom bound but we will just see,” Lees said.

“If he gets a penalty (in the Epsom) we might have to look elsewhere.”

The bookies are tipping Mugatoo as a better hope in the 2020 The Metropolitan with the horse leading futures betting on the event at $3.

Click here for the latest all-in The Metropolitan 2020 betting markets courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Newcastle Gold Cup Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MUGATOO (IRE) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 7 59kg $2.40F
2 2 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.54L 11 56kg $5
3 12 ATTENTION RUN (GER) Kris Lees Andrew Gibbons 2.13L 14 54kg $26
4 8 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 2.27L 15 54kg $9.50
5 7 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3.98L 13 54kg $31
6 4 CARZOFF (FR) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 5.33L 3 54.5kg $19
7 9 THE LORD MAYOR (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 8.17L 2 54kg $8.50
8 14 ALIFEROUS Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 9.01L 9 54kg $14
9 15 ZACADA (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Brandon Griffiths (a) 9.03L 1 54kg $151
10 3 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Robbie Dolan 9.95L 8 54.5kg $41
11 16 THE GETAWAY Paul Perry Ms Rachael Murray 9.97L 4 54kg $201
12 11 HERENGAWE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 10.41L 6 54kg $15
13 6 BIG DUKE (IRE) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12.14L 10 54kg $31
14 17e NOTHING TOO HARD Paul Perry Ms Mikayla Weir (a) 15.98L 12 54kg $201
15 13 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Glen Boss 22.4L 5 54kg $101
10 GREY LION (IRE) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 0
5 SIR CHARLES ROAD Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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