Saturday’s Gold Cup Heats Preview

This Saturday (February 6) Wentworth Park will host the heats for their next feature race, the Group 2 Hesa Felon @ Stud Gold Cup (720m).

In heat one three last start winners will face off – Miss Content, Fancy Mandy and Blue Lorian.

Miss Content, coming off two successive wins at Wentworth, has fared the best in the draw and will jump from box two while the Tracey Hurst-trained black and white bitch Fancy Mandy has drawn box four.

Peter Whye’s Blue Lorian is sure to start as the favourite in the final despite drawing wide with box six. The son of Surf Lorian has won his past five races in succession and eight from his last nine, also boasting the fastest time at this distance, a blistering 42.34s.

Only seven dogs are set to contest the second heat following the scratching of Premier Class. Already the warm pre-race favourite has emerged, the John Heard-trained Forty Twenty.

A dual Group 2 winner coming from a last start victory in The Maidment Memorial Final at Sandown, Forty Twenty has drawn awkwardly with box six (moves up to box five with the scratching), but if the speedy dog manages to get away well from the boxes then he will be hard to catch.

If one rival can outrace him it will be the speedy bitch Lochinvar Vogue. Trained by Robert Smith, Lochinvar Vogue has drawn ideally with box two and has the second fastest time over this distance (42.35) behind Forty Twenty (42.32).

Coming off two second placings at Wentworth including runner-up in the Group 1 Association Cup, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz is looking to move up to winning form at Group level.

Another dog racing in the second heat with a lot to offer is Dashing Corsair. The Dwyer Lennon-trained National Sprint Champion has drawn wide with the far outside box.

The two Gold Cup heats are scheduled as races five and six on Saturday night’s great 10-race card and are due to jump at 8:57pm and 9:16pm (NSW time).

Hesa Felon @ Stud Gold Cup Heat 1 Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time (This Distance)

1 4273 ROYAL MIX Robert Littlefield 43.41
2 3411 MISS CONTENT Michael Jenner 42.71
3 6812 FREE YOUR MIND Jeff Crawford 43.35
4 6611 FANCY MANDY Tracey Hurst
5 3122 SO SEDUCTIVE John Free
6 1111 BLUE LORIAN Peter Whye 42.34
7 1117 LITTLE MISS PINK Mark Arncliffe 43.83
8 4326 CHILLI JAM Kenneth Burnett 42.81

Hesa Felon @ Stud Gold Cup Heat 2 Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time (This Distance)

1 7334 CHILLI PUG Kenneth Burnett 42.80
2 5122 LOCHINVAR VOGUE Robert Smith 42.35
3 6621 MISS JERSEY Glenda Dart 43.65
4 1466 ROYAL PINK Robert Littlefield
5 1431 FORTY TWENTY John Heard 42.32
6 2346 SIX ANGELS Mark Arncliffe 43.24
7 4615 DASHING CORSAIR Dwyer Lennon 42.49