2019 Newcastle Gold Cup Day Preview

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Race 1 - 1:00pm

3yo BenchMark 64 Handicap (1600m)

Mocambo is the winner of two of his four race starts and will find this easier than his last start seventh in a 3yo BenchMark 72 Handicap at Randwick two weeks ago. Colada is stepping up in class after breaking through for an easy Maiden win at Canterbury and has the chance to figure amongst the prizemoney again. Sirmaze is a last start Hawkesbury Maiden winner and Bullet Storm is coming off a second in a Scone Class 1 over 1600m.

2 Units Mocambo

Race 2 - 1:35pm

C,G & E Maiden Plate (1200m)

The Kris Lees trained Elgin has barrier trialled twice in preparation for his assignment on Friday and looks to be one of the main chances. Amiens has raced once for a second and has since won a Canterbury trial and looks suited here. Expect Elvezio to take improvement from his debut second in a Hawkesbury Maiden and Canyonero has had plenty of experience and just missed a place last start when fourth in a Gosford Maiden.    

2 Units Elgin

Race 3 - 2:10pm

F&M Maiden Plate (1200m)

Bright Rubick is facing a huge class drop after finishing seventh in the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago and gets her chance to break her Maiden status. First starter Mirra Vision has been primed for her debut with two Randwick barrier trial wins and has the luxury of the inside gate. Rockarosa was second in a recent Warwick Farm trial and expect improvement from Torrid.

2 Units Bright Rubick

Race 4 - 2:50pm

BenchMark 64 Handicap (2300m)

Toulouse put in a solid effort last start when third in a 2400m BenchMark 70 Handicap on the Kensington track at Randwick and looks well placed here. Plucky George and Urbino ran the quinella last start over this course and distance and both are strong chances to figure in the prizemoney again and Dambulla is a last start Canterbury 2200m Class 1 winner.  

4 Units Toulouse

Race 5 - 3:25pm

Cameron Handicap (1500m)

Kolding worked his way up through the grades last campaign to make it four wins on the trot with his win in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm. Kolding will be fitter for one run back from a spell for a fifth in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight ago and looks well placed here. Con Te Partiro is also fitter for one run back for a third in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 14 and look for improvement. Wren’s Day has the blinkers on for the first time and Nettoyer will be given every chance with Glen Boss in the saddle.

2 Units Kolding

Race 6 - 4:05pm

BenchMark 64 Handicap (1200m)

Hit The Target failed to hit the target when fourth as favourite in a 1200m Highway at Randwick two weeks ago and gets his chance to make amends and will appreciate apprentice Chris Williams 2kg claim. Pandano showed improvement at his second run this campaign and looks suited here. Texas Storm has been around the minor prizemoney of late and All Sassitude has been placed twice over this course and distance.   

3 Units Hit The Target

Race 7 - 4:40pm

Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m)

Hush Writer battled on bravely for second in the 2100m Wyong Cup a fortnight ago and he will get his chance to go one better in the Newcastle Gold Cup. Our Candidate is the winner of three of his last four starts in restricted class and gets in on the minimum with winning form. Vaucluse Bay finished on the heels of Hush Writer when third in the Wyong Cup and  Saunter Boy can give the locals a sight.

2 Units Hush Writer

Race 8 - 5:20pm

Tibbie Stakes (1400m)

Pohutukawa was Group 1 placed at the end of her three year old season when runner up in the Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm at the end of the 2019 Brisbane Winter Carnival. The James Cummings trained mare is resuming and has won first up in the past. Foxy Housewife was a last start winner at double figures odds in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) at Wyong and gets her chance to prove that wasn’t a fluke. Sweet Deal is the winner of two of her last three starts and look for improvement from Organza.  

4 Units Pohutukawa

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