ALL eyes were on Space Star at Wentworth Park on Saturday night in the Group 3 Gold Cup final over 720-metres, with Rob Britton’s chaser rewarding punters who took the extremely skinny odds of $1.60.
Starting from box four, the son of Bekim Bale and Tonto Tears was shooting for his fourth group win and didn’t disappoint, recording a fast time of 42.01.
On a wet Wentworth Park surface, Space Star quickly sped to the lead at the top of the first turn and led throughout in a stunning 8.75 length win over Queensland chaser Mullaway, which made up good ground from box one to finish second.
Martin Hallinan’s Zipping Felix also put in a solid performance, placing third.
Second favourite Sweet It Is missed the start and found a heap of trouble throughout the event, finishing fourth.
Saturday night’s win was the 24th of Space Star’s career at start 36, giving him an outstanding win percentage of 67%. Connections were the recipients of $25,000 in prize money, taking the 35kg chaser’s total to $445,900.
Group 3 Gold Cup – Wentworth Park – Saturday 25th April, 2015 – 720-metres
1st – Space Star – Rob Britton ($25,000)
2nd – Mullaway – Joanne Price ($6,250)
3rd – Zipping Felix – Martin Hallinan ($3,125)
4th – Sweet It Is – Braden Finn
5th – Zipping Maggie – Martin Hallinan
6th – Mr Corsair – Michelle Shambler
7th – Laugh With Mary – Harry Sarkis
8th – Lillycette – Edward Medhurst
Margins: 8.75 x 2.25
S1: 16.28 (3)
S2: 29.62 (4)
Run Home: 12.39
Scratchings: Bessy Boo, Queen Marina