2016 Group 3 Wentworth Park Gold Cup – free tips & betting

A top field of stayers will assemble at Wentworth Park on Saturday night to contest the Group 3 Wentworth Park Gold Cup (720m) in the Harbour City.

Group 1 Association Cup winner Lioness Lulu is the $2 favourite with online bookmaker Crownbet.com.au following on from her dominant 42.24 heat win last weekend. The fawn bitch was quick to begin on that occasion, sprinting straight to the early lead and kicking on strongly to score by three and a half lengths over Young Gun and Nureyev.

Sandave Sapphire is the $5 second elect with bookmakers despite only managing a third placing in her heat on Saturday. The daughter of Miagi and Stately Sapphire was only fair to begin from box two and found interference before working home nicely to finish to finish three lengths off the winner, Tizza Nitro, in 42.55. Prior to that start she had won four of her past six over the track and trip, including a 42.47 personal best which would see her right in contention for this race.

Sandave Sapphire will be the leading local chance heading into the $25,000 to the winner final, with the Dave Richardson-trained bitch aiming to become the first NSW-prepared sprinter to win the Gold Cup since Slick Lee in 2012.

Tizza Nitro is the third elect at $6.50 with William Hill, with Phantom Reign, which ran third in the Group 1 Association Cup behind Lioness Lulu, the next best in the market at $10.

The Group 3 Wentworth Park Gold Cup is race six on the card this Saturday night and is set to jump at 9:20pm.

Group 3 Wentworth Park Gold Cup – 720m

Box One – Golden Gate
Red Fawn Dog – 29.9kg – December 2012
Spring Gun x Queen’s Gate
Prize money: $16,303
Trainer: Ernest Borg
Career: 51: 6-7-8
Box: 8: 0-2-2
TD: 9: 1-0-0
TD Best: 42.52
Career Highlights: WON Gosford 35.30, Richmond 35.91, Maitland 32.15

“Finished off nicely to qualify by running fourth behind Tizza Nitro but is facing an uphill battle here tonight. Yet to win from eight attempts wearing red and only has a steady record overall over the track and trip.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $41 with William Hill

Box Two – Phantom Reign
Black Bitch – 24.6kg – January 2013
Velocette x Reign Of Terror
Prize money: $56,504
Trainer: Dean Swain
Career: 61: 12-11-9
Box: 7: 1-0-1
TD: 16: 5-3-3
TD Best: 42.32
Career Highlights: 3RD 2016 Group 1 Association Cup, WON Albion Park 35.29, Gosford 35.57, Casino 36.62, Richmond 42.30

“Has been racing very well in her last half a dozen starts including a third in the Association Cup two starts back. Well drawn on the inside to position up well in the early stages and finish in the money.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $10 with Crownbet

Box Three – Tizza Nitro
Black Bitch – 29.9kg – March 2013
Nitro Burst x Tizzatango
Prize money: $25,548
Trainer: Rob Tyler
Career: 26: 9-3-4
Box: 3: 2-1-0
TD: 2: 1-0-1
TD Best: 42.55
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Frank Kennedy Memorial, Gosford 35.52, Richmond 35.58, 42.19, Ballarat 25.40

“Nice effort last week to qualify in 42.55. Has won four of her past five starts and will be looking to stalk the leaders in the early stages and finish over the top at the end.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $6.50 with William Hill

Box Four – Explosive Range
Black Dog – 35.2kg – June 2013
Fabregas x Sheza Surfy
Prize money: $23,490
Trainer: Daniel Flanagan
Career: 37: 11-6-4
Box: 7: 1-1-1
TD: 1: 0-0-0
TD Best: 42.57
Career Highlights: WON Gosford 35.15, Richmond 35.51, Maitland 35.43. Gosford 29.59

“Middle distance runner which stepped up to the 700 for the first time in last week’s heat. Got tired towards the end of the race, but he should improve on his finish in his next few starts. Could be a handy stayer in the future, but prepared to risk second up after a tough run last week.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $21 with Sportsbet

Box Five – Nureyev
Black Dog – 33.0kg – August 2012
Bekim Bale x Dance Token
Prize money: $33,612
Trainer: Darren Scells
Career: 79: 10-14-18
Box: 9: 1-1-3
TD: 15: 1-2-5
TD Best: 42.51
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 34.89, Grafton 35.20, Albion Park 35.26, Richmond 36.07

“Has been thereabouts in his most recent starts, recording a couple of handy placings over the track and trip at Wenty and scoring over the 600 at Albion Park. Lacks early dash so is likely to be out the back early and will be facing a tough challenge.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $21 with Crownbet

Box Six – Sandave Sapphire
Black Bitch – 27.5kg – April 2013
Miagi x Stately Sapphire
Prize money: $30,357
Trainer: David Richardson
Career: 29: 9-3-6
Box: 1: 0-0-0
TD: 10: 4-1-1
TD Best: 42.27
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 42.27, Albion Park 35.39, Richmond 35.59, Gosford 43.76, Maitland 31.51

“Has been racing in sensational style recently with four wins from her last seven starts over the track and trip. Missed the kick but worked home well to finish third in her heat last week. Will need to step better to be a winning chance here, but if she does everything right at the start she should be the main danger to the favourite.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $5 with Sportsbet

Box Seven – Young Gun
Red Brindle Dog – 32.7kg – January 2013
Spring Gun x Implosion Girl
Prize money: $30,068
Trainer: Judith Richardson
Career: 47: 9-11-15
Box: 7: 1-2-2
TD: 14: 2-4-2
TD Best: 42.46
Career Highlights: WON Dapto 34.67, Richmond 35.77, Nowra 36.39

“Nice run when finishing second behind Lioness Lulu last week. Will be giving them a big start early so will need some luck, but is definitely one for the exotic players.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $15 with William Hill

Box Eight – Lioness Lulu
Fawn Bitch – 26.2kg – September 2012
Big Daddy Cool x Jackie’s Capri
Prize money: $117,925
Trainer: Mark Giddings
Career: 59: 7-17-7
Box: 10: 1-2-1
TD: 3: 3-0-0
TD Best: 42.09
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 1 Association Cup, 3RD 2016 Group 1 Super Stayers, Bendigo 28.38, The Meadows 30.06, Wagga 30.29

“Unbeaten in Sydney with three from three and a personal best of 42.09. Well drawn in box eight and if she can show the same dash she has at her past two starts she should be leading comfortably at the post on the first occasion and it is hard to see her getting run down out in front.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $2 with Crownbet

1st Reserve – Whittaker
Black Dog – 32.9kg – November 2012
Mildean Panther x Mrs Trickett
Prize money: $84,321
Trainer: Julie Fletcher
Career: 10: 3-3-2
Box: N/A
TD: 10: 3-3-2
TD Best: 42.10
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 2 Summer Distance Plate, 2ND 2016 Group 1 Association Cup, FINALIST 2014 Group 3 Dapto Maiden, 2015 Group 1 Paws of Thunder, 2015 Group 1 Dapto Megastar

“Has been a very good greyhound for quite a while with a slick 42.10 PB at the track. Would be a massive threat if he gained a start.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $5.50 with William Hill

2nd Reserve – Cristalle Coco
Black Bitch – 27.6kg – April 2013
Brett Lee x Cristalle
Prize money: $21,204
Trainer: Lorraine Atchison
Career: 38: 6-8-5
Box: N/A
TD: 7: 2-2-0
TD Best: 42.37
Career Highlights: WON Gosford 35.05, Maitland 22.54, 31.83, Wentworth Park 42.37

“Moody bitch but she has a lot of ability when she is at her best. Rough chance if she gains a run.”

Odds to win the Gold Cup: $13 with Crownbet

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