Goodsey Comes Good in Cyril Rowe Gold Plate

Last night the John Finn-trained Goodsey took out his first Group win, the $25 000 final of the coveted Group 2 Cyril Rowe Gold Plate (472m) in a talented display of speed and grace at Bulli.

Installed as the $2.90 pre-race top pick, favourite backers were rewarded when Goodsey crossed the field from box seven to defeat his littermate Little Sparkle ($6) by 3 ½ lengths, with long-priced outsider, the Ruth Matic-trained Patrick Dudley ($23.30) making the most of box two to come in a further 1 ½ lengths back in third.

Patrick Dudley took to the lead quickly with Disintergrate close on his heels, but Goodsey went right around them on the outside rapidly moving from fifth to second by the first turn, while Goodsey’s sister Little Sparkle, the only bitch in the race, made her assault on the inside.

On the home straight Goodsey showed an amazing burst of speed to chase down and pass Patrick Dudley, the son of Collision x Frosty Fruits shooting to the line in a sensational 26.19s over the 472m, elevating his career record to 10 wins from 14 starts. Goodsey is also proving to like the wider draws as he has won three from three in box seven and the same in box six.

John Finn’s other Gold Plate finalist, Om Shanti ($26.70) also put in a fantastic performance holding on to finish just a neck back from Patrick Dudley in fourth place.

Despite a beautiful start from box three, Matic’s other higher rated runner Hurricane Luke ($4.60) lost pace and only managed fifth, half a length ahead of the second favourite at $3.70, Disintergrate, who gained a start following the shock scratching of Gripen Bale, coming in a dismal sixth.

Trainer of the scratched Gripen Bale, Brendan Wheeler, had another finalist in the event, Dyna Blade who ran a disappointing last in eighth place.

2010 Cyril Rowe Gold Plate Results:






1 GOODESY John Finn 26.19
2 LITTLE SPARKLE K Chappelow 26.44 3 ½
3 PATRICK DUDLEY Ruth Matic 26.55 1 ½
4 OM SHANTI John Finn 26.57 Neck
5 HURRICANE LUKE Ruth Matic 26.61 ½
6 DISINTERGRATE Charlie Gatt 26.75 2
7 DROVER Julie Fletcher 26.81 ¾
8 DYNA BLADE Brendan Wheeler 27.05 3 ½