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Australian Racing: Kalapour chasing Gold Cup glory

There’s five meetings set to take place on Friday including an eight-race card at Wyong, with the Wyong Gold Cup the feature race of the day.

Race 7 Wyong 

Kalapour @ 5.50

Race 6 Wyong 

Olentia @ 1.90

Race 7 Seymour 

Desarmer @ 10.00

Kalapour for Gold Cup glory

The previously mentioned Wyong Gold Cup is due off as the penultimate race of the day, with Hosier expected to have his supporters for the Mark Minervini stable.

The seven-year-old showed good form at Listed level when placing second in the 1500m Winter Challenge at Rosehill three starts back and has acquitted himself well in two subsequent outings.

The most recent of those saw him deliver a near one-and-a-half-length victory in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup over 2000m at Randwick just under two weeks ago.

Jockey Jason Collett, on board here, tracked the pace prior to asserting on that occasion, and similar tactics are expected with the soft 6 track in his favour.

KALAPOUR is another to have won at Group 3 level this year and he is preferred on this occasion.

The pick's Group 3 triumph came by half-a-length when taking out the 2000m JRA Chairman’s Handicap over 2000m at Doomben in May.

The selection subsequently placed third in the 2400m Premier’s Cup, a Group 3 contest at Eagle Farm two weeks later, and he will have no issues with the 2100m distance here.

The gelding prepared for this event with a half-length third over 1800m in the Petaluma Premier’s Cup Prelude early last month and he looks up to delivering a victory here.

Olentia for Mona Lisa triumph

The sixth race at Wyong is the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes with OLENTIA expected to prove hard to beat having won five of her six previous starts.

Those starts included a Group 3 victory in the James H B Carr over 1400m on a heavy 8 track at Randwick in April.

Trained by Chris Waller, she returned from a spell with a comfortable success by nearly two-and-a-half-lengths in a 1200m Benchmark 88 handicap on a good 4 track at Rosehill last month.

The filly picked up nicely having been ridden from off the pace on that occasion and, with that in mind, a wide barrier in nine shouldn’t prove too much of an issue.

Kerrin McEvoy has ridden the selection in barrier trials in the past and he gets the leg up here, and with the return to a wet track a positive, the filly is taken to continue her winning run. 

Desarmer for Seymour success 

Whiskey Hangover is expected to start favourite for the seventh race at Seymour.

The race in question is a 1414m Benchmark 58 handicap, with the four-year-old representing the Ben, JD & Will Hayes team.

The gelding showed good form at a higher level earlier this spell when placing in a Benchmark 64 handicap over 1400m at Sale in July.

While below par when a well beaten fifth in a Benchmark 58 handicap at Bendigo last month, that did mark his first attempt at 1600m, with the drop in distance here in his favour. 

The Steve Richards-trained DESARMER is preferred on this occasion, having shown solid form when beaten less than two lengths over 1400m in a Benchmark 58 event on his penultimate start.

The pick was racing on the synthetic track at Pakenham on that occasion and shaped as if a return to this trip would suit when fading late on having raced from the front over 1600m at Moe last time.

Zac Spain takes the ride here and, while the gelding hasn’t won in just over a year, the switch to a compression hood and ear muffs may see him return to the winners’ enclosure.

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