A capacity field of stayers has accepted for Friday’s Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) and there is no shortage of value to be found in the market.
Champion trainer Chris Waller is looking to win the race for the eighth time as he lines up Dashing Willoughby under James McDonald, while Taikamochi is Gai Waterhouse’s top chance at winning her third Wyong Cup.
With $200,000 on offer, we’ve analysed each and every runner in our 2021 Wyong Gold Cup Preview below!
Taikomochi weakened late first-up in the Rowley Mile but has scope to improve getting out over further now.
The son of Snitzel won the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m last spring and tends to do some of his best work second-up from a spell.
He won at Wyong earlier in his career and looks a very strong chance at nabbing Gai Waterhouse her third Wyong Cup.
Dashing Willoughby is making his Australian debut following a couple of impressive trials at Rosehill in the lead-up.
Chris Waller’s British raider failed to make his mark in both the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup last year, his only two starts in Australia to date.
The fact he’s won two-from-three first-up from a spell makes him a genuine contender though in what is a much easier assignment.
Inverloch strips fitter for two runs back and is racing on the quick backup after finishing a length third to Harpo Marx in last week’s Group 3 Premier‘s Cup at Kembla Grange.
The son of Fastnet Rock fought home well after racing on the speed and this doesn’t look to be any tougher for him.
The Irish import won the Group 3 Easter Cup last year at Caulfield on the short backup and rates as one of the major players.
Laure Me In
Laure Me In burst back onto the scene two weeks ago to win the Premier’s Cup Prelude at Kembla Grange by half a length over Criminal Code.
The old boy proved too strong over the final 100m after overcoming a wide run in a performance that suggested he’ll handle racing over further now.
The Matthew Dunn-trained Laure Me In is a three-time winner in his second run back from a spell and looks well-placed to add to that record.
Berdibek is shooting for the Rowley Mile-Wyong Cup double after taking out the feature at Hawkesbury two weeks ago by a narrow margin over Kukeracha.
John O’Shea’s French import wound up with a big run from the rear of the field to finish strongly through the line, and there’s no question he’ll handle the rise to 2000m based off that performance.
The barrier makes things tricky, but with a strong second-up record to his name he’s not without a chance.
Sweet Thomas’ recent form reads well for this as he makes his way back to the races off a freshen-up.
The 10-year-old has gone to another level since joining the Matthew Smith stable with a third in the Brisbane Cup followed by a win in the Stayers Cup at Rosehill over his last three starts.
He’s found the money in two of his three starts over 2100m and has drawn to get a lovely run from barrier 3.
Mohican Heights rattled off back-to-back wins at Mornington and Caulfield during the autumn but didn’t appear the same horse when dead last in the Spring Preview at Kembla Grange two weeks ago.
There is room for improvement, but the wide gate makes him tough to entertain.
Blue Soldier is still searching for his first win in Australia following a last start fourth in the Rowley Mile.
Annabel Neasham’s five-year-old led coming out of the home turn but weakened out over the final furlong to just miss a place.
He’ll likely go forward again after drawing wide and could be worth a thought in exotics.
Criminal Code has been up for a while but has managed to hold his form nicely with a place in the Premier’s Prelude and a fourth to Harpo Marx last week in the Premier Cup.
While he’s untested over 2100m, the Chris Waller-trained five-year-old has run well previously on the quick backup for fourth at Rosehill earlier in the year.
Mubariz resumed to run third in the Premier’s Prelude two weeks ago behind Saturday’s rival Laure Me In and is worth forgiving on last week’s disappointing effort in the Premier’s Cup.
Aside from being held up in the straight, the inside gate really didn’t work to his favour in the run, meaning he should appreciate a little more running room from barrier 11 on Friday.
The from around Chris Waller’s six-year-old was impressive prior to last week and the fact he won on the short backup earlier in the year makes him one of the top chances.
Alakahan was disappointing first-up at Randwick but was always going to be better suited out over further.
The Freedman-trained stayer has returned a place in two starts over this distance and was also the dominant winner of this year’s Gold Coast Cup over 2400m back in May.
He’s another one that tends to run well second-up and looks capable of running a place if Regan Bayliss can offset the wide gate.
Spencer has been up since April and has mixed his form in recent starts.
The son of Pierro won on a very wet track at Rosehill four runs back before returning five days later to run second-last in the Listed Grafton Cup.
He’s been thereabouts in his last two starts at Rosehill and Randwick, but this does look tougher back up to Listed level from a very awkward gate.
La Grisa was a well-beaten seventh two runs back in the Listed Gold Crown at Eagle Farm before returning to run last in a Benchmark 78 at Randwick two weeks ago.
Oakfield Missile has been up since June and appears tested based on recent form.
She missed the start and was caught wide last time out in a Benchmark 78 at Kembla Grange, and while she does possess a big finish, looks tough to entertain after drawing the car park.
Perfect Radiance is shooting for a hat-trick following last Sunday’s impressive win over the track and distance.
The Snitzel mare has won four from 12 starts to date and has seemingly gone to another level since joining the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team earlier in the year.
This is toughest assignment to date, but the light-weight of Jean Overmeire will give her every chance.
Master Shuhood finished second to Harpo Marx two back at Randwick and that form has since been franked with the latter going on to win last week’s Group 3 Premier Cup.
The Richard Litt-trained seven-year-old has won previously over 2100m and is facing much tougher opposition here.
Onemore Sapphire was caught three-wide last week at Kembla Grange and failed to make up any ground before finishing ninth.
Commander Bell is the second emergency and would need luck to go his way if he hopes to earn a spot in the field.