The wraps on Tornado Tears had been strong and in the UBET Gold Cup final last week they were justified with a sizzling performance. At just his 2nd run at the Albion Park 710m trip, the talented chaser broke the long-standing track record held by Dashing Corsair to set the new benchmark at 41.33. It was a dominant performance and put to bed any thoughts that wearing the white vest for the first time would be a concern. His chances of making the final looked in doubt at one stage during the heat run when checked in running and then striking traffic in the run. Once he was able to find some open track he charged home strongly to finish 3rd to Jalapeno. He entered the Gold Cup series as favourite off the back of a sweep of the Sandown Cup series.
Robert Britton believes the small field format of this race will work in the favour of Rippin’ Sam and feels the tables can be turned on his kennel-mate and brother Tornado Tears. In last week’s UBET Gold Cup Rippin’ Sam was starting to make his run when he copped a check and that stunted his momentum slightly as he ran home to grab 3rd. He didn’t have the cleanest of runs in the heats either when striking some trouble before attacking the line strongly in the closing stages. Seeking another feature race quinella with his litter brother following a one-two finish in the Sandown Cup, the talented chaser is already a Group 1 winner when claiming the Galaxy final at Perth’s Cannington track. The son of Fernando Bale should be further experienced from his 2nd start at the Albion Park 710m in the Gold Cup.
The Tony Apap trained chaser earned an invitation following a strong 2nd to Tornado Tears in last week’s UBET Gold Cup final. While he never looked like challenging the new staying champion, he was strong to the line in holding the other challengers at bay. That placing continued his impressive figures at the Albion Park 710m trip with his record showing 14: 5-4-3 with the two 'misses' coming in the 2017 UBET Gold Cup Final behind Fanta Bale and in the Winter Chase Final 2 starts back when 4th to Champagne Sally. In an ironic twist, Jalapeno and Champagne Sally did battle on the undercard in the 2017 Superstayers night over the 710m when Jalapeno secured a fast finishing win to grab Champagne Sally who was looking to lead throughout. Box 1 in a small field should suit the racing pattern of the 11 time winner.
The veteran of the field and the only bitch to take part, Champagne Sally failed to qualify for the Gold Cup after missing away at box rise in the heats. Starting from box 8 she couldn’t go with them when finishing 6th to Benali. Dropped back to the 520m to take on another race on Gold Cup night, she again drew 8 and was again slowly away costing her any chance. Leading in to the Gold Cup the Ray Burman trained chaser secured the Winter Chase Final and in that run secured her fastest ever 710m victory on the track when leading all the way from box 7 With the speed to fly the lids she might just find herself in front here with the space and small field size. Will she be able to hang on to cause the boilover?
First held in 2006, the race is restricted to just 4 runners that are invited to take their place in the field. That inaugural event was contested by Miss Brook, Quidame, Lucy’s Light and the NSW star Miss Grub, with Miss Brook claiming the victory.
The race is a staying contest run over 710m and while not a set formula for invitation, traditionally the Winter Chase and Gold Cup winner's secure invitation. In 2018 Champagne Sally was successful in the Winter Chase, while Tornado Tears claimed the Gold Cup.
In 2018 the race will offer $36,000 in prizemoney with the winner to receive $25,000. The 2017 winner was Burn One Down for trainer Seona Thompson. Other past winners include Xylia Allen, He Knows Uno and Miss Brook.
|Date:||Thursday 21st June 2018|
|Race Time:||21:21 AEST|
|2017 Winner:||Burn One Down|
|2018 Superstayers Odds|
|2017||Burn One Down|
|2016||Ring The Bell|
|2012||He Knows Uno|