2016 Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: free tips and betting preview

THE first Group race of 2016 will be won and run on New Year’s Day with the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup (515 metres) being conducted on the NSW Central Coast.

Four qualifiers were run last Sunday and saw a couple of blistering performances turned in, with time honours narrowly snared by Cash In Motion which clocked a blistering 29.39. The daughter of Smooth Fancy and Teddy’s Jackpot won the Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup earlier this year and is back to her brilliant best at precisely the right time after a couple of unplaced runs at Albion Park.

Also scoring an emphatic victory in the heats was Gayle Masterson’s Knight Sprite which ran a nearly identical 29.40 over the 515 metre sprint. The black speedster will have to live up to his most recent run and overcome box seven if he is to feature in the $40,000-to-the-winner final.

The other two heat winners were Eva Diva (Fear Zafonic x Romantic Diva), which kept her unblemished record of four from four at Gosford intact when leading all the way in a slick 29.70, while Head Shy took out the remaining qualifier. The son of Head Bound and Poppy’s Secret got a saloon passage along the fence after a steady get away and finished a little too well for the Jason Mackay trained Black Frenzy which will looking to redeem himself in the final from box four.

The Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup is race eight on the card and is set to jump at 9:39pm AEDT.

Box One – Cash In Motion
Black Bitch – 29.1kg – September 2013
Smooth Fancy x Teddy’s Jackpot
Prize money: $93,667
Trainer: Robert Cooke
Career: 29: 14-4-1
From box: 6 starts: 5 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.39
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup, 2ND 2015 Brett Memorial Maiden, 2015 Ipswich Futurity, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Gold Coast Cup, 2015 Albion Park Young Guns

“Led all the way on Sunday holding off Smart Missile in a blistering 29.39. Won five from six from the inside and tends to move left out of the boxes. Perfectly drawn and a repeat of last week will see her going very close in this.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $2.40 with Bet365

Box Two – Smart Missile
Black Dog – 36.8kg – July 2013
Nitro Burst x Oh Cee Ya
Prize money: $50,492
Trainer: Jason Mackay
Career: 21: 11-3-1
From box: 3 starts: 2 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 2: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 29.58
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Speed Star, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Black Top, NSW Sprint Championship

“Got the tag on Cash In Motion in his heat but couldn’t pick her up, had no excuses and drawn for similar run in this. One thing you know is this dog will be fit and if there’s any chinks in the red’s armour this fella will find it.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $2.80 with Bet365

Box Three – Head Shy
Black Dog – 31.5kg – March 2013
Head Bound x Poppy’s Secret
Prize money: $17,120
Trainer: Francis Jamieson
Career: 37: 14-5-6
From box: 5 starts: 5 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 7: 3-0-1
T/D Best: 29.65
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Lismore Cup

“Stepped slightly right last week and got a dream run along the fence after a few others found bother. Did too well for Black Frenzy in the run to the line but can’t afford to give these a start.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $26 with Bet365

Box Four – Black Frenzy
Black Dog – 30.1kg – March 2013
Fabregas x Rose Baby
Prize money: $20,239
Trainer: Jason Mackay
Career: 22: 13-1-2
From box: 5 starts: 3 wins, 1 placing
T/D: 2: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 29.76
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup

“Ran the fastest first section of the heats but was overhauled late by Head Shy. I don’t think he can cross the red and if he does will need to pinch a decent break to hold this lot off.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $15 with Bet365

Box Five – Mitcharlie Mia
Black Bitch – 27.3kg – July 2013
Don’t Knocka Him x Proper Lucy
Prize money: $13,107
Trainer: Mitchell Northfield
Career: 24: 11-6-3
From box: 7 starts: 3 wins, 3 placings
T/D: 2: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 29.78
Career Highlights: WON Lismore 29.96, Grafton 27.21, Casino 27.85

“Did a good job to keep coming after being shuffled wide around the first turn last week. Needs to hold knight Sprite and Eva Diva out in the run to the first turn to be a chance.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $15 with Bet365

Box Six – Irish Gangster
Brindle Dog – 30.8kg – November 2012
Collision x Marinas Limerick
Prize money: $29,155
Trainer: Jason Magri
Career: 35: 9-7-5
From box: 3 starts: 1 win, 1 placing
T/D: 2: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 29.73
Career Highlights: WON Bulli 22.59, Maitland 25.42, Bathurst 25.83

“Got a nice run through the first turn from a soft draw in his heat to finish second to Knight Sprite. Harder draw makes it tough for him here.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $34 with Bet365

Box Seven – Knight Sprite
Black Dog – 32.0kg – February 2013
Magic Sprite x Jaydo’s Neglect
Prize money: $55,886
Trainer: Gayle Masterson
Career: 44: 20-11-3
From box: 6 starts: 4 wins, 1 placing
T/D: 5: 4-1-0
T/D Best: 29.40
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Xmas Gift, WON Wentworth Park 29.72, Gosford 29.46

“Got some room early to run to the front and went a couple of lengths faster than Cash In Motion up the back last week. Has a terrific record from outside boxes and draws to put himself in a forward position at the first turn.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $3.40 with Bet365

Box Eight – Eva Diva
White and Black Bitch – 27.7kg – May 2013
Fear Zafonic x Romantic Diva
Prize money: $16,665
Trainer: Mario Abela
Career: 16: 8-5-0
From box: 2 starts: 0 wins, 2 placings
T/D: 4: 4-0-0
T/D Best: 29.66
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.00, Richmond 30.72

“Led all the way from an inside draw last week. Could find herself wide around the first turn and I can’t see her being able to lead and cant run around some of these.”

Odds to win the Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup: $26 with Bet365

Tips: 1-7-2-5