The Metropolitan Hopefuls Head 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Field & Odds

September 16, 2021

The Metropolitan Hopefuls Head 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Field & Odds

A field of 15 spring stayers do battle in the 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup on Friday chasing a ballot exemption into next month’s Group 1 The Metropolitan at Royal Randwick.

Berdibek Horse Form (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Berdibek headlines the 2021 Newcastle Gold Cup field facing off on Friday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Group 3 $250,000 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) headlines a top day’s racing at Newcastle Racecourse and the field is led by the in-form John O’Shea-trained Berdibek.

The French-bred son of Dark Angel may be an eight-year-old, but the classy grey is in top form chasing a third win on the trot after completing the Rowley Mile – Wyong Gold Cup double.

He carried 56.5kg to victory from barrier 14 of 14 at Wyong over 2100m on September 3 and is currently paying $4.80 in the Newcastle Gold Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to cart an extra two kilograms to victory on Friday.

Christian Reith comes aboard for the ride from barrier 11 on the hard-to-beat market mover.

Berdibek is now equal in Newcastle Gold Cup betting with Harpo Marx ($4.80) who also chases a hat-trick in the feature.

Jumping from gate four, the Bjorn Baker-trained Galileo six-year-old won over 2400m at Randwick with a hefty 62.6kg on his back in early August before a narrower win at Kembla Grange last time out defeating Spirit Ridge in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2000m).

With winning form up to 2500m the step back-up in distance should suit in the Newcastle Gold Cup and Harpo Marx goes up from 53kg to 56kg.

Despite the size of the field just one other runner is currently under double-figures for the win with Luncies ($5) looking to hand local horseman Kris Lees with back-to-back Newcastle Gold Cup victories.

Last spring Lees took out the event with Mugatoo, subsequent winner of this year’s $5 million The All-Star Mile at The Valley.

Drawn midfield in gate seven, Iffraaj grey Luncies boasts a 50% winning strike rate to date having won from of his 10 starts.

His latest effort was a seventh in the Premier’s Cup behind Harop Marx, a performance that saw him only two lengths beaten ahead of the rematch on Friday.

Other notable Newcastle Gold Cup hopes in the mix include 2021 ATC Derby hero Quick Thinker ($10), the Chris Waller-trained Wyong Gold Cup runner-up Criminal Code ($10) and Matthew Dunn’s Ad Valorem seven-year-old Laure Me In ($17) with previous winning form at the track.

The Newcastle Gold Cup is set to run as Newcastle Race 7 at 4:40pm (AEST) on Friday with the latest markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2021 Newcastle Gold Cup Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 79x11400x9 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) Chris Waller Koby Jennings 2 59kg 105
2 5x75810x05 QUICK THINKER Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Rory Hutchings 9 59kg 105
3 06×0626411 BERDIBEK (FR) John O’Shea Christian Reith 11 58.5kg 104
4 2x23141x80 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Louise Day 15 58.5kg 104
5 44×4195215 LAURE ME IN Matthew Dunn Ashley Morgan 8 56.5kg 100
6 122×541511 HARPO MARX (IRE) Bjorn Baker Brodie Loy 4 56kg 99
7 00x654700x HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Winona Costin 12 54kg 93
8 648×753126 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Grant Buckley 6 54kg 93
9 54×3914242 CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Chad Lever 14 54kg 55kg 90
10 6×33311216 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Lee Magorrian 1 54kg 54.5kg 86
11 1101x71x57 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Ms Alysha Collett 7 54kg 84
12 3134×13275 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) Chris Waller Jeff Penza 3 54kg 79
13 9120×09701 TORRENS Lauri Parker Ms Jess Taylor 10 54kg 75
14 56×9682443 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) Richard Litt 13 54kg 74
15 01×5684700 OAKFIELD MISSILE Damien Lane Darryl McLellan 5 54kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

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