2014 Group One Gold Cup Preview

Group one racing graces the environs of Albion Park this Thursday evening with the final of the 2014 Group One Gold Cup taking place.

The $75,000 to-the-winner event is run over the 710 metre journey and three Victorians, as well as a New Zealander will be taking on four locals in this year’s edition after last week’s heats.

The race has witnessed some quality stayers win in recent times, including Chinatown Lad (2008), Queen Lauryn (2009) and He Knows Uno (2012).

Victorian chasers have been dominant in the race in the last few years, winning three of the last four finals. Nellie Noodles won in 2010, Bobby Boucheau saluted in 2011 and Destini Fireball took out last year’s Gold Cup. They boast the two favourites this year and it will be no surprise to see the trophy heading south again.

Here is a look at the finalists with comments from the trainers;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.15
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$530,275.00
Last 10 Starts
1113314111
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by  

Turanza Bale

Tayah Bale
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,915.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
67 31 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – The undisputed queen of staying racing in Australia who seems to set track records for fun. With a clean getaway she will take a power of catching and if she is anywhere near her best is all but unbeatable. Clearly the big gun in this final.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.55 41.55 15.97 15.97
Box 2
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Infinite Wish
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership
Prizemoney
$87,740.00
Last 10 Starts
3221363621
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy Jean Jeannie
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,828.00
Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 12 12 9
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 3 2 4
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “I think if anyone can beat Xylia Allen she might be the one, but in saying that we have to really hope that she comes out well and then see what happens. We would probably still need Xylia Allen to miss the start a little bit and hope for some luck.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.83 41.83 15.96 15.96
Box 3
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Golfing Amy
Trainer
Desmond Pollock
Owner
John Pollock
Prizemoney
$14,630.00
Last 10 Starts
3872622162
29 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Goodey Miss Amy Jade
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $542.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 5 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A swift beginner who likes to get to the rails early. She has some quality dogs drawn on her inside so she will need to be right on her game to be competitive in this race.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.10 42.28 16.13 16.17
Box 4
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$61,360.00
Last 10 Starts
4272312132

30 Months

  Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy Mepunga Opal
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $2,273.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 7 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She will have to begin very well, she isn’t draw too bad because she lies to use a bit of the track so she won’t cut down on Infinite Wish. She is going to need a lot of luck though.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.94 41.94 15.98 15.98
Box 5
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Eleazar
Trainer
Keiron Butler
Owner
Brian Allan
Prizemoney
$41,930.00
Last 10 Starts
3615426281
31 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Bit Chili Cool Poss
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,103.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 9 13 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 5 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Comments: Keiron Butler (Trainer) – “She just needs a bit of room getting to that first time. Everytime she races there she seems to feature in the stewards report three or four times. If she is within a few lengths of them down the back, they would want to be watching over their shoulders because she will be running home very well. I just hope we can get a clean crack at them.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.15 42.15 16.45 16.50
Box 6
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Mullaway
Trainer
Joanne Price
Owner
Joanne Price
Prizemoney
$5,600.00
Last 10 Starts
1777521243
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Velocette Halzani
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $311.00 Rating 70
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 3 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 38%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A winner of just three from 18 career starts who is yet to taste victory over the half-mile. Is very likely to find most of these a little too good.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.18 16.15 16.33
Box 7
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Set Her Again
Trainer
Bruce Linnan
Owner
Younger Than Youngy Syndicate
Prizemoney
$30,230.00
Last 10 Starts
5127121543
37 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collison River Seine
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $975.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 10 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 1
Comments: Bruce Linnan (Trainer) “Yeah well, she came out good last week, I think she ran the fastest first section and I don’t think the dog drawn on her outside is terribly fast away so hopefully we can get around them, that is our only chance. I was a little bit disappointed in her run last week, I think she was entitled to win once she led because she can run the time that they went, but maybe I saw box one and got a little bit too eager and over-worked her, she was a little bit flat. But each week is a different proposition.”

 

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.83 42.27 15.94 15.94
Box 8
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Know Class
Trainer
James Shaw
Owner
Garry Cleeve
Prizemoney
$95,869.00
Last 10 Starts
2612251172
38 Months   Blue Fawn   Dog   by   Willy What Blue Fern
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $978.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
98 22 34 20
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 1 5 2
Comments: James Shaw (Trainer) – “I think he is not drawn too badly out in the eight, I think the seven ran the fastest first sectional last week so hopefully we can gate a cart across. If we can have half a dozen dogs behind us as we pass the 700 metre boxes the second time then I think we are in with a hope.”

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.16 16.35 16.35
1st Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heart Replay
 
Late Angel Lee
Trainer
Darren Titmarsh
Owner
John Hanley
Prizemoney
$53,545.00
Last 10 Starts
5223144453
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Late Show Lee Rocklynn’s Angel
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,092.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 14 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Front runner who has been struggling to run out a strong 700 in recent times. Is likely to be tested if he gets a go in this final.

Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.41 42.40 15.90 16.55
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Auriga Doll
Trainer
Geoff Draheim
Owner
Draheim Partnership
Prizemoney
$42,014.00
Last 10 Starts
8424422524
43 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   High Earner Auriga Gypsy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $636.00 Rating 77
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 16 12 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Is yet to win a 700 metre race to date. Is highly unlikely to be able to match it with the big guns in this one.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.24 16.19 16.32

If Xylia Allen (1) jumps and runs anywhere near her best then we are more likely to see her break Dashing Corsair’s track record than for her to get beat. She is all class and only has to put it together on the night to give this field a donkey-licking.

Infinite Wish (2) could be the main danger if she steps well but her main worry is the dog drawn outside her. Golfing Amy (3) has the propensity to jump well and carve left and Infinite Wish will need to avoid her early.

Mepunga Tiara (4) could be afforded space early and can lead a field like this if Xylia Allen doesn’t. She is classy enough to hang on for a long way and could pinch it at big odds.

Know Class (8) needs to stay out of trouble early and find room to grind home in his dour style. He looks a place chance.

Set Her Again (7) is fast early and has registered a handy 41.83 here in the past, she could be another vying for the lead in the early speed battle.

Eleazar (5) will need a lot of luck in the run to be able to unleash his best and only looks a rough place chance, while Mullaway (6) looks hopelessly outclassed.