Although not one of the most iconic race days around the nation, the annual Gosford Cup day does have a history of unearthing a superstar.
In 2004, the feature sprint, then known as The Pacesetter Stakes, was taken out by a relatively unknown Celtic Swing Gelding for a complete unknown trainer. That fella was Queanbeyan cabbie Joe Janiak and the horse was Takeover Target, of whom the race is now named in honour of.
Whether some of these will hit those lofty heights, only time will tell, but I suspect we may have unearthed a couple of stars in the making on Saturday.
Overlord: (Syd Race 2) Son of Sebring out of dual Group 1 winning mare Red Tracer, never better than three deep on debut at the Kenso before rattling home late, and left with few options from the wide draw Saturday where he was once again eye catching over the final stages. A stoutly built colt who still has plenty to learn, he is sure to have plenty of supporters next time he steps out but shows a turn of foot that will see him break his maiden shortly before heading on to much bigger targets, possibly the J.J. Atkins in Brisbane.
Masked Crusader: (Syd Race 5) If he wasn’t the win of the day, then he certainly was in the Grand Final. Haven’t seen one win in town of a Saturday in Sydney untouched like the way this lightly raced gelding went to the line against his older rivals. Chance to back up in the Scone Guineas run at Rosehill Saturday and whilst that might be his first stakes victory, I doubt it will be his last.
Russian Camelot: (Adel Race 8) Although this space is generally reserved for comment on Sydney racing, it wouldn’t seem right to not make mention of this fella. The first Northern Hemisphere bred three year old to win a derby anywhere in Australia, and he did so camped three deep the trip and easily accounting for a Group 1 winner in Warning and a colt primed for the race with over $2 million in the bank in Dalasan, and at just his 5th career start! From the stable that produced last year’s Cup winner, looks a serious racehorse and sure to attract plenty of attention in early Cup’s markets.
Subpoenaed: (Syd Race 4) Would have been red odds even carrying weight against the boys and older horses had it not been for the one marble. But even still, an SP of $3.40 seemed too tasty for punters to pass by. But like most things too good to be true, the prophecy proved itself right with the big striding filly pocketed away and unable to hit her straps in the straight until it was all over in what was a horror watch for her backers. She’s clearly loaded with talent but is going to prove a tricky conveyance with her extravagant action and required race pattern. Certainly earned a forgive and worthy of the justice refund for Sportsbet punters.
Greyworm: (Syd Race 8) Most had him working across and leading setting up a solid tempo of which he has proven he can finish off from in the past. But his opponents had other things in mind Saturday and shortly after the start he found himself at risk of being trapped three deep then suddenly trailing the lead pair by some four to five lengths. Never allowed to settle into his comfort zone, he crabbed around the corner and was on the wrong leg down the running. All told it was a solid effort to only go down half a length and I’m sure connections will be on guard to such similar tactics next time around.
Kemantari: (Bris Race 8) Bookies favourite and has had plenty of knockers once again despite two solid runs this time around since a long lay off. Bombed the start Saturday which cost him any shot of a positive ride which came back to bite him again when they were allowed to walk up front. Rider forced to take off and cover ground well before the turn. I still thought his was a game effort to be coming again on the line. Crying out for the 1400m and has class on his side which will carry him a long way as we head deeper into the Brisbane winter.
Dunbrody Power: (Syd Race 4) Five unplaced runs this prep in everything from stakes grade to midweek company. Started second favourite Saturday. Had more than enough chances.
Deprive: (Syd Race 8) Has looked a progressive type and always comes in for good support at Randwick with his impressive track record, but appears to have found his level at the bottom tier of stakes company.
Signore Fox: (Syd Race 8) Has always struggled with consistency but doesn’t appear to be the same horse this time around to the one that showed a blistering turn of foot to win the Razor Sharp.