Aliferous. Photo by Steve Hart.

2020 Gosford Cup Day Tips & Preview

The Gosford Gold Cup is the feature race on the card, but it will not be run in Gosford.

Covid-19 has forced the meeting to Royal Randwick but we are still in for a cracking day of racing!

Our full tips and preview of 2020 Gosford Gold Cup Day can be found here.

Race 1: Highway Handicap (1200m) 11:35am
No. 5 Glamour Cat & No. 7 Derby Star

Glamour Cat has managed three wins from her 11 race starts to date and she looks well placed in a race like this one. James McDonald will steer from barrier four and she is very much a threat.

Derby Start put the writing on the wall when he won a Class 2 at Moree by 6.8 lengths last prep and race such as this one is right up his alley. He has had two nice trials leading into this first up assignment and I’d suggest watching betting to get a guide on him.  

Race 2: 2YO Handicap (1200m) 12:10pm
No. 3 Kinloch

Kinloch won his most recent barrier trial by a big margin and he couldn’t have been much more impressive in his racing debut when storming over the top of his rivals in the concluding stages. That win was over the short course (900m) at Newcastle and I do not envisage the 1200m being a problem for the son of I Am Invincible. 

Race 3: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) 12:45pm
No. 5 Lesage

Lesage is a talented young filly by Exceed and Excel who has now won three of her eight race starts including her last two in a row. She pinged the gates and took up the running, doing all the work in front at Canterbury last start and she held a good margin from the chasers. She does meet those behind her that day worse at the weights, but she has a fitness edge on most of these and she is going well enough to win again. 

Race 4: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1400m) 1:20pm
No. 2 Subpoenaed

Subpoenaed almost ruined the Rubisaki parade last time out in Group 3 grade at this track and distance and that is good enough form to suggest she can win a race of this quality. She is being asked to carry 59.5kg in this contest but she is clearly a filly of good quality and there is a black type race win in her at some stage. 

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Race 5: Benchmark 78 (1200m) 2:00pm
No. 5 Segalas

Segalas was a tough one to catch from a punting perspective earlier in her career however she has repaid the faith by winning three of her past seven and has missed the placings only twice in that time as well. She was found wanting in the last 100m last time out when fourth at Rosehill and she will appreciate the step back to 1200m.

Race 6: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1800m) 2:40pm
No. 11 Loveseat

Loveseat has managed just the four wins from 19 career race starts, but three of those have come in her last seven outings. The four year old daughter of Savabeel has clearly figured this whole caper out and is racing with a renewed sense of confidence. Hugh Bowman is white hot right now and he can navigate the talented mare from the tricky barrier to be in the money. 

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Race 7: Listed Gosford Gold Cup (2000m) 3:20pm
No. 14 Aliferous

Aliferous has been racing very well this prep without winning and I love the fact she is stepping back out over the 2000m. She was beaten less than two lengths by Amangiri at Rosehill and she was doing her best work late and the step up in distance is a big plus for her. Robbie Nolan will have a wide barrier to contend with, but she is capable of a high rating performance on her day.

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Race 8: Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) 4:00pm
No. 7 Signore Fox

This a tricky edition of the Listed Takeover Target Stakes with plenty of winning chances in only a small field. Signore Fox was shuffled back from the inside barrier first up and was never a winning chance. The four year old won a listed race at this track and distance last prep and he gets a 6.5kg turn around in weights with Greyworm from their last encounter. 

Race 9: Benchmark 88 Handicap (1600m) 4:40pm
No. 11 Grand Piano

Grand Piano is a very progressive three year old gelding who again looks well placed in the last event of the day at Randwick. He has won three of his last four races with his only unplaced run being in Group 3 company two back. He will be tough to beat in a race of this quality with only the 56kg to carry.