Horsham Cup Final Preview

This Sunday, March 7, Horsham GRC is ready to host the $28, 000 to-the-winner final of the Group 2 Exchange Hotel Horsham Cup (480m).

The prestigious sprint event features an elite eight-dog line up headlined by the brilliant, professional and dangerous Darren McDonald-trained Gardam Prince. Gardam Prince has displayed scintillating form of late, coming off a five-race winning streak including a smart 26.93 win in the qualifiers here last week. The son of Black Enforcer is looking to secure his second Group victory inside of a month following his Group 2 Launceston Cup win two starts back.

Gardam Prince will wear the pink rug on Sunday and has a good strike rate from box eight having won three and placed in two of his six starts with this draw.

The other highly-fancied Horsham Cup hopeful is the talented Garry Ennis-trained, multiple Group race winner Enry Walt. Although runner up in his qualifier last week, this promising youngster has secured the prized inside alley draw for Sunday, which they will enjoy, and this paired with the fact he has now had a look at the track means he will be hard to catch if he gets away well.

Our Toyman in box two is another exciting prospect coming off four successive wins. Our Toyman ran an impressive heat win last week when he overcame his awkward box five draw to beat home Dyna Obelia in a sharp 26.73. Needs some luck and to keep up the speed if he is to live up to this challenge.

Jumping beside Our Toyman in the white rug is the speedy Hot Price who defeated Enry Walt in the heats. Hot Price is known for his brilliant starts, as he proved last week when he broke records for his first two sectionals in his qualifying win. The son of Bond will be a real danger if he gets to the front early and can reproduce his tempo from last week.

Drawn poorly in box five is the Heather Collins-trained Arsonist, an up-and-coming daughter of Elite State who remains unbeaten in her five starts. Despite her dazzling career to date, which includes a Group 2 win in the DDC Launching Pad, she will need to step up and find the front early to feature here as the quality of her rivals is high.

Having a run in their first Group final is the exciting sprinter from NSW, Pulp wearing the green on Sunday. The son of Collision out of Frosty Fruits secured a great qualifying win in 26.91 here last week and will no doubt improve further on that after seeing the track. Has claims.

The Exchange Hotel Horsham Cup Final is programmed as the eight race on the night’s excellent ten-event card and is due to jump at 8:28pm (VIC time). Other highlights at the meeting include the heats for the Horsham Rural City Cup and the $6000 GRV VBIS Maiden Final (Race 6 – 7:33pm).

2010 Horsham Cup Final Field & Box Draw:






1 16122 ENRY WALT G S J Ennis
2 21111 OUR TOYMAN J P Psaila 26.78
3 11321 HOT PRICE J Thompson 26.94
4 77671 SPIRAL GLORY T Womann 27.22
5 11111 ARSONIST H L Collins 26.90
6 51141 PULP C Chappelow 26.91
7 12231 CRADOC PARK M B Stringer 27.18
8 11111 GARDAM PRINCE D N McDonald 26.93
1st 11352 NELLY BALE A L Dailly 27.44
2nd 56122 VIVA LAS VEGAS T Womann 27.43