Space Star Sizzles In Gold Cup Heat At Wentworth Park

CHAMPION stayer Space Star returned to in style on Saturday night, clocking a sizzling time of 41.71 when winning his heat of the Gold Cup.

In the race, Ada Mary was best away from the inside alley, with Space Star also stepping well, quickly getting into second position. After copping a check at the first turn, the three time winner loomed up on the outside to take the lead at the winning post on the first occasion and streaked away to score by two-and-one-quarter-lengths. Fellow Victorian sprinter gave the leaders plenty of start, before making up a heap of ground to finish second, with ’s talented chaser Zipping Felix running third. Fourth place runner Mr Corsair also qualifies for next week’s $25,000 to the winner final.

Robert Britton’s Space Star notched up his 22nd career win from start 34 and cracked the $420,000 barrier in prize money earned.

Martin Hallinan’s was made the $2.50 favourite in heat two, however found plenty of trouble after a slow getaway, yet still managed to finish fourth and qualify for the final. Tasmanian chaser Lillycette was best away at box rise, taking a clear-cut lead at the winning post over Mullaway, which was resuming from a month spell for Joanne Price. Turning for home, Mullaway made a last-ditch effort on the line to claim victory by a head in a fast time of 42.17. The son of Velocette and Halzani recorded his first win over the 720-metre distance at Wentworth Park and is a genuine contender in next week’s final. The other qualifier was rank outsider Laugh With Mary, which finished third for trainer Harry Sarkis.

3 Gold Cup Final – Wentworth Park 25th April, 2015

1 – Mullaway – Joanne Price
2 – Zipping Felix – Martin Hallinan
3 – Laugh With Mary – Harry Sarkis
4 – Space Star – Robert Britton
5 – Lillycette – Edward Medhurst
6 – Sweet It Is –
7 – Zipping Maggie – Martin Hallinan
8 – Mr Corsair –

Reserves
9 – Bessy Boo – Christine Proctor
10 – Queen Marina –

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