Gold Cup Heat Results & Final Preview

Last Saturday night Wentworth Park hosted the two heats for the Group 2 Hesa Felon @ Stud Gold Cup (720m) in anticipation of this week’s $25 000 to-the-winner final.

Heat 1:

Heat one was taken out by stylish stayer Blue Lorian, who started the race as the $2.10 favourite. Living up to all the hype, the Peter Whye-trained son of Surf Lorian claimed an easy seven length victory ahead of Miss Content ($3.60) with Chilli Jim ($11.20) in third a further three lengths back.

Finishing off the final qualifiers in fourth place was the Jeff Crawford-trained Free Your Mind.

The third-favourite with the bookies at $4.30, Fancy Mandy, could only manage fifth. She had a poor start coming away last from the boxes but made up terrific ground using her speed and agility to charge through and take second position behind early leader Royal Minx by the first turn.

Eventual winner Blue Lorian then made his move coming up three wide. Royal Minx, Fancy Mandy and Blue Lorian ran shoulder to shoulder into the back before Blue Lorian surged to the lead on the outside.

Fancy Mandy and Royal Minx faded in the final meters dropping back to finish fifth and seventh respectively and making room for Miss Content to move up to second and Chilli Jim to come from last to third as he dodged his tiring rivals.

Heat 2:

The second heat of the night saw the brilliant Forty Twenty ($2.70) claim a 3 ¼ length victory ahead of Dashing Corsair ($4) with the odds-on favourite at $2.30 Lochinvar Vogue finish third a further 2 ¾ lengths back.

Coming off a last start victory in the Group 2 Maidment Memorial at Sandown, the John Heard-trained Forty Twenty has now secured his spot in another Group 2 final.

National Sprint Champion Dashing Corsair got away brilliantly from box eight and took the early lead, with Forty Twenty landing straight into second position after jumping from box six. The eventual winner put up a sensational chase and was close on Dashing Corsair’s heels throughout.

Forty Twenty then made a brilliant move, running up and taking the rails from the leader. Having secured the inside run on the fence he took the lead from Dashing Corsair in the final metres then drew away well, extending his winning margin to over three lengths.

Fourth place went to Chilli Pug, giving trainer Kenneth Burnett his second dog in this Saturday’s final along with Chilli Jim.

The heat winners, Blue Lorian and Forty Twenty have drawn boxes eight and five respectively for the final while Chilli Jim has secured the prized rails draw.

2010 Gold Cup Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Greyhound

Trainer

1
CHILLI JIM
Kenneth Burnett
2
MISS CONTENT
Michael Jenner
3
DASHING CORSAIR
Dwyer Lennon
4
CHILLI PUG
Kenneth Burnett
5
BLUE LORIAN
Peter Whye
6
LOCHINVAR VOGUE
Robert Smith
7
FREE YOUR MIND
Jeff Crawford
8
FORTY TWENTY
John Heard
Reserves:
1st
MISS JERSEY
Glenda Dart
2nd
FANCY MANDY
Tracey Hurst