DULGUIGAN trainer Samuel Dart is sure to be all smiles after taking out the Group 1 Gold Cup Final with Dzeko at Albion Park on Thursday night.
Dzeko went into the event as the $3.40 favourite after the unfortunate scratchings of Tony Brett’s pre-race favourite Tuavasa Shek and Luna Jinx form boxes one and two respectively.
Exiting from box five, the daughter of 2011 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg victor Radley Bale and Rematch found herself mid-field during the affair, with second reserve Mullaway leading the event early on.
Tackled by Cosmic Vee Bee (4) turning for home the first time, Hougenie (7) sped to the lead in the back straight, with several greyhounds making their run approaching the home turn.
Dzeko was forced wide in the straight and powered to the line, scoring by half a length over Mullaway which was extremely brave in defeat. Lady Toy produced a gusty performance to finish third after suffering several checks of interference.
Thursday’s win was the 11th of Dzeko’s career from 36 starts, with the addition of the $84,700 winner’s purse taking her prize money total to $160,080.
The 25kg pocket rocket has won both attempts over the 710-metre distance at Albion Park and looks certain to continue her strong staying campaign, already defeating the likes of Sweet It Is and Tears Siam at Sandown Park.
Group 1 Macro Meats Gold Cup Final – 710-metres
1st – Dzeko – Samuel Dart ($84,700)
2nd – Mullaway – Joanne Price ($24,200)
3rd – Lady Toy – Brooke Ennis ($12,100)
4th – Zipping Maggie – Peter Dapiran
5th – Reality Ghost – Les Lewis
6th – Cyndie’s Magic – William Elson
7th – Cosmic Vee Bee – Robert Britton
8th – Hougenie – Peter Ruetschi
Margins: 1/2 x 1 3/4
S1: 16.08 (4)
S2: 12.52 (7)
Run Home: 13.84
Scratchings: (1) Tuavasa Shek, (2) Luna Jinx