The 2018 Gosford Gold Cup has attracted a smallish field but a very even field with six of the ten runners under the $10 mark at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Two previous winners of the Gosford Gold Cup, Destiny’s Kiss (2016) and Red Excitement (2017) will line up again in the $150,000 Listed 2100m staying test, while the race even has an international flavour with Kris Lees-trained French import Singing firming into favourtism.

The Gosford Gold Cup also has an international flavour with the Kris Lees trained French import Singing a firming favourite on race eve.

Destiny’s Kiss

The Joe Pride trained Destiny’s Kiss was the winner of the Gosford Gold Cup two years ago and has been lumped with a hefty 61kg but Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown will be able to save every inch of ground after the veteran stayer drew the pole position. The nine year old is still racing with plenty of zest with a win at the end of his last campaign in the Listed City Tattersalls Club Cup over 2400m at Randwick in October and goes into the Gosford Gold Cup on the back of a last start third in the Listed Tattersalls Club Cup over the same distance at Randwick on New Year’s Day.

Red Excitement

Red Excitement is in the same category as Destiny’s Kiss and the eight year old is holding his own as he tries to make it back to back Gosford Gold Cup’s win. The Gerald Ryan trained Red Excitement has been placed twice from his last three starts with his latest outing producing a head second to Gosford Gold Cup rival Montauk in the Group 3 $150,000 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day. Red Excitement mixes up his racing style but Brenton Avdulla is likely to go forward from barrier eight.

Mighty Lucky

Mighty Lucky has been racing consistently without finding the winner’s stall and has finished fourth at his last four starts, his latest behind Montauk and Red Excitement in the Summer Cup. Mighty Lucky is yet to race over the 2100m of the Gosford Gold Cup but is a winner over 2000m and Chris O’Brien will give the eight year old every chance to run out the extra 100m from barrier five.

Montauk

Trainer Chris Waller has Montauk firing at the moment and the five year old goes into the Gosford Gold Cup on the back of a tough win over Red Excitement in the Summer Cup. The step up to the 2100m won’t be a problem for Montauk who was runner up over 2400m in the Listed $125,000 Winter Cup at Rosehill in July. Montauk raced in a forward position in the Summer Cup and jockey Matthew Cahill is certain to adopt similar tactics from barrier three.

Dee I Cee

Dee I Cee has been struggling to find his best form of late but did show some improvement last start when one and a quarter lengths fifth to Montauk in the Summer Cup. Apprentice Rachel King has retained the ride and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained  six year old will jump from gate seven.

Singing

French import Singing has found his best form since arriving at Kris Lees’ stables at Newcastle and will be hard to beat again following his two recent wins at Doomben over 2000m and 2200m. The eight year old stallion raced on the pace at his last two starts and jockey Glyn Schofield is likely to go forward again from the barrier nine. Singing has been well supported in early Gosford Gold Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Slow Pace

Singing’s stablemate Slow Pace has been doing just that and was well beaten at his first run back from a spell when tenth to Montauk in the Summer Cup. The veteran stayer will have to improve sharply if he is to be a threat here.

Hogmanay

Hogmanay is a stalemate of the Summer Cup winner Montauk and has found winning form at the right time and heads into the Gosford Gold Cup on the back of a last start all the way win over 1800m in a BenchMark 83 Handicap at Randwick on December 30. Steps up in class here but has a nice drop in the weights for Christian Reith.

Paragon

Paragon is one of the roughies in the Gosford Gold Cup field and the John Sargent trained gelding heads up the highway after running sixth to Prince Cheri in the Tattersalls Club Cup over 2400m at Randwick on New Year’s Day.

Evangelist

The Armidale trained Evangelist is the outsider of the Gosford Gold Cup field and even though he has good country form, will find this assignment a lot tougher than his last start win in the Summer Stayers Handicap over 1900m at Kempsey last week.