Four star studded heats of the Group Two Woy Woy Poultry Gosford Gold Cup will be run and won this Friday night over 515m, with thirty two greyhounds vying for a chance to qualify for next week’s $40,000 to the winner final.
Long time greyhound enthusiast Laurie Refalo from Woy Woy Poultry Supplies has again come on board as the races’ major sponsor, with an enticing amount of prizemoney up for grabs next week.
Last year’s victor Awesome Project went onto win the Group Two Harrison-Dawson Final for Victorian mentor Darren McDonald and finished third in the Group One Topgun Final back in October 2014.
Gosford Gold Cup Heat One
Group Two Sandown Shootout Winner Iva Vision (3) will make the trip down from Queensland, after two disappointing runs at his past couple of outings at Albion Park. The son of Ivan Brown, trained by Peter Young, has the ability to recapture the form that saw him clock a sizzling time of 29.27 at Sandown Park last month.
Pocket rocket chaser Magic Display (8) will be looking for her third straight victory on Friday evening, after a very impressive 29.80 performance here last week. Spearing the lids from box two, the Evelyn Harris trained chaser, has an impeccable record at Gosford of three wins and two minor placings from seven starts and should get a beautiful cart across from the wide alley.
Chasing The Line (1) is coming off the back of two sensational wins at Wentworth Park including a sizzling 29.67 performance last week. Ideally drawn near the rails, the Loren Harborne trained speedster recorded a very strong run home of 11.70 last week and will be charging home at the finish.
Gosford Gold Cup Heat Two
Sprinting sensation Zipping Willow (4) will be looking to redeem herself this week after finishing third in the Group Three Christmas Gift Final at Wentworth Park. Making her debut at Gosford on Friday, the daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass has scintillating early pace and will be looking to notch up career win number 34 from start 51.
Ritza Hattie (7) will also make her debut at the track for trainer Mark Gatt and has been consistent of late at Wentworth Park, with some solid placings in free for all company. Despite a wide box draw, this talented daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare has a very strong motor and will figure at the finish.
Topper Road is beautifully drawn near the rails for trainer Anthony Azzopardi and has early speed to burn. The son of Oaks Road and Uno Emi has been consistent of late at Wentworth Park, recording a solid 29.97 victory at the track two weeks ago. Another Gosford debutant, who has only been unplaced twice in his 13 start career, could run a very cheeky race and qualify for next week’s final.
Gosford Gold Cup Heat Three
Coming off the back of another Group victory for the year, Chica Destacada (5) will again need to overcome a poor box draw to get the fly over this classy field of runners. Doreen Drynan’s chaser was simply amazing in the Group Three Christmas Gift Final two weeks ago, leading all the way from box one in a flying time of 29.62. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra was victorious in her only start at Gosford back in February, recording a blistering time of 29.46.
Queen Esther (3) has speed to burn and is a consistently brilliant beginner. The Noelene Holloway trained chaser had her last start at Gosford in June, where she recorded an outstanding victory over Evil Punk in 29.77. The daughter of Lochinvar Marlow has a love affair with this track, having recorded five wins and two minor placings from just eight starts.
Shoulders (2) is an extremely talented chaser who has a great opportunity to return to the winners circle this Friday night from box two. This beautifully bred son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed’ last win was a speedy 29.77 performance at Wentworth Park back in October. Making his debut at Gosford for trainer Anthony Azzopardi will need to step cleanly to ensure he’s competitive in this event.
Gosford Gold Cup Heat Four
In form training duo John and Melinda Finn have Anything Less (3) engaged in the least heat, who will be very well supported from box three after sizzling around Wentworth Park two weeks ago in 29.67. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel has recorded 11 wins from 18 career starts thus far and has a huge motor when he winds up.
Rue De Kahn (2) returns to Gosford after a few starts at Wentworth Park and flew over the 515m distance at the beginning of this month in 29.74. Ideally drawn near the rails for trainer Dean Swain, the Group One National Futurity winner has two wins from three starts at this track and consistently finishes off her races strongly.
Silent Effective (5) comes into this heat after finishing second in the Goulburn Cup on Sunday. Despite a difficult box draw, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Best Percentage has a blistering personal best of 29.32 at Gosford and has won three out of four over the 515m. Trainer Darren Sultana will be hoping for some luck early on as this greyhound produces very strong finishes.
The first heat will commence at 8.38pm AEDT, with the winner and runner up from each event moving through to next week’s final.