Stratofortress Wins 2010 Newcastle Gold Cup Ahead of Snow Alert & Scottish Border

September 16th, 2010

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

Place Horse Jockey SP
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
5 STREETFIGHTER James Winks $26
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
10 NEWPORT Tommy Berry $18
11 EMPEROR ALBERT Timothy Bell $51
12 ENCOSTA BELL Christian Reith $61
13 MARTIAL LAW (IRE) Danny Nikolic $21
SCR HAWK ISLAND (IRE)
SCR CRABS (NZ)
SCR SILENT SYMPHONY
SCR SPENCE
SCR THE PAYMASTER