Latifi Strikes Gold – 2010 Bendigo Gold Cup Results

Latifi Strikes Gold - 2010 Bendigo Gold Cup ResultsMedia Release: AGRA

Crack female sprinter Latifi Jiam won the Group 2 Bendigo Cup (430m) on Sunday night in her eight victory from just 13 career starts.

Trained at Harston by Ron Giles, Latifi Jiam ($6.20) led all the way from box eight and scored in the impressive time of 23.98s, winning by three quarters of a length over the Andrea Dailly-trained pair of Cohen Bale ($11.10) and Dyna Obelia ($7.40).

Race favourite Hot Price missed the start badly from his inside draw in box two. The Jason Thompson trained chaser went into the final a $2.20 chance after recording the fastest heat win of 23.86.

Red boxed finalist Selsi Flyer did most of the chasing throughout the trip only to be run down near the line and finish fourth.

The winner is a daughter of Pure Octane from Prodigal Girl, the dam is by Prince Of Tigers from Decliro Park. She was bred by the owner James Arthur who also raced and trained her dam.

The Bendigo Cup was Latifi Jiam’s fourth straight victory and she snared a first prize of $26,000.

The lightly raced youngster has shown above average ability since she commenced racing in a maiden at the Meadows in November last year.

She has raced really well on both the metro circuits with three wins at Sandown in 29.92, 29.95 and 30.05.

While at the Meadows she has won twice in 30.05 and 30.10 and besides her heat and final wins at Bendigo she has also won at Shepparton over the 450m in 25.69.

After the placings the field finished in the following order: 4th Selsi Flyer ($15.70), 5th Silent Guardian ($6), 6th Sasha Jet ($19.90), 7th Hot Price ($2.20F) and 8th Zenith ($17.50).

Latifi Jiam is a Fawn Bitch whelped August 2007 by Pure Octane from Prodigal Girl (Prince Of Tigers x Decliro Park). She is raced and bred by James Arthur and trained by Ron Giles at Harston near Tatura in central Victoria.

Latifi Jiam has raced 13 times for eight wins and one placing and the $26,000 first prize took her stake earnings to $36,800.

The Bendigo Cup was the main event on a huge night of racing at Lords Raceway, where a total of seven finals were conducted including the $10,000-to-the-winner Rocky Ridge Farm Gold Rush Maiden Final, won by the Kelvyn Greenough-trained Mint Power.

Mint Power, a 21 month old son of Elite State, made it three wins from as many starts when scorching the 430m circuit in 23.78s, which is less than three lengths off Slater’s 23.61 track record.

Other winners on the night were Coulta Sally who took out the Allen ‘Scribe’ Taylor Memorial event over 430m running 24.12. Black Imposter won the Rocky Ridge Farm Maiden consolation final in 24.44 and Octane Show was successful winning the Merryfield’s Kennels special event over 545m recording 30.52.

The 2010 Gold Rush Carnival is in its sixth year. The Carnival has really taken off with heaps of national publicity, a host of new sponsors and in particular sponsors from interstate. The decision to change Cup final night to a Sunday twilight then night meeting three years ago has proved a winner. The Gold Rush Series is a winning concept because not only does it contain the club’s Cup but also a number of quality feature races conducted over the whole range of different distances.

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