Gai Waterhouses’ powerful gelding Stratofortress outclassed its rivals in yesterday’s $185,000 Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) coasting to an emphatic victory and giving premier Randwick-based trainer Waterhouse her fourth win in the event.
Earlier in the day the scratching of a number of the top contenders from the 2010 Newcastle Gold Cup including the Chris Waller-trained Hawk Island saw six-year-old Stratofortress firm into the favourite at Sportsbet.
However, by race time the Spectacular Love gelding had drifted out to equal second elect at $5, with Scouting Wide shortening into the $4.20 favourite.
But punters that stuck with Stratofortress, ridden by Peter Robl, were well rewarded as on the home straight the horse ran clear of its rivals and sprinted home to a comprehensive two and a half length win over Premiers Cup winner Snow Alert ($5) with Scottish Border ($14) the same margin away again in third.
Scouting Wide went to the front early and set a blistering pace but was swamped on the straight fading to finish a well-beaten ninth.
Following the dominant victory, Waterhouse said she would target the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 2 with Stratofortress.
Waterhouse was so impressed with the Newcastle Gold Cup win announcing Stratofortress as a sure thing in The Metropolitan, however, discovered that nominations and weights for the event were already released ruling Stratofortress out and leaving Waterhouse to decide on a new goal
Stratofortress has now won seven of its 27 career starts earning $295,050 in prize money.
The action of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival moves to Rosehill this weekend where a range of top Group races will take place including the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) featuring Stratofortress’ stablemate More Strawberries.
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2010 Tooheys New Newcastle Gold Cup Results
|1||STRATOFORTRESS (NZ)||Peter Robl||$5|
|2||SNOW ALERT||Hugh Bowman||$5|
|3||SCOTTISH BORDER||Tim Clark||$14|
|4||LEGSMAN (NZ)||Corey Brown||$9.50|
|6||LOST FOR WORDS (NZ)||Jim Cassidy||$8.50|
|7||INKIKATOR (NZ)||Jay Ford||$14|
|8||BLINKIN EASY||Glenn Lynch||$101|
|9||SCOUTING WIDE (NZ)||Tye Angland||$4.20F|
|11||EMPEROR ALBERT||Timothy Bell||$51|
|12||ENCOSTA BELL||Christian Reith||$61|
|13||MARTIAL LAW (IRE)||Danny Nikolic||$21|
|SCR||HAWK ISLAND (IRE)||–||–|