Tornado Tears will be looking to provide Robert Britton with his 3rd Gold Cup and that would make the astute Victorian mentor without equal, as the only trainer to have won this race on more than two occasions. Tornado Tears has opened an odds-on quote off the back of a strong heat run where the white and blaclk dog had almost crossed but was squeezed, suffering a check in running. Striking some traffic later in the run when looking to make a closing charge, the up and comer hsa done well to make the final. This will be the first start in the white vest for the Sandown Cup champion who has beat his litter-brother Rippin Sam in both the Sandown Cup heats and final.
The litter brother of Tornado Tears provides Robert Britton with a live chance of making it successive G1 quinellas with his star pupils following their one-two finish in the Sandown Cup. Rippin Sam will line up in his 6th Group 1 Final as he looks to add a victory to his win in the G1 Galaxy Final at Cannington in April. In the heat run from box 3 he didnt get the cleaneast passage in transit but was able to find the space to attack the line strongly to finish in 3rd place behind Benali, a dog he has beat to score victory in the Speed Star. With 4 wins from 5 attempts when jumping from box 1, the Fernando Bale dog will take great experience from his first Albion Park outing.
The Tony Apap trained chaser will be back for his 2nd Gold Cup appearance after he was thrown in the deep end during the 2017 series when lining up in the heats at just his 11th career start. Taking the rise in his stride, he progressed to the final where he was far from disgraced. Since that 2017 appearance Jalapeno has gone on to secure a further 8 victories including a sweep of the G3 Queensland Cup Series. With the strong record when jumping fom box 6, the consistent performer also has the solid figures at the Albion 710 of 13: 5-3-3, 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.
Tony Brett will be looking to scure his 2nd Gold Cup and has recently taken over the preparation of Ebby Ripper. The brindle bitch claimed the Cup Night Stayers at Listed level over the Sandown 715m trip on Sandown Cup night following her 4th in a Sandown Cup heat prior to joining the Brett kennel. Her first run for the gun Queensland trainer was in the heats of this series where she was slowly away and has just managed to scrape through and progress to the final. The heat run was her 5th look at the Albion Park track where she has recorded one win and one 2nd placing in five attempts. One of the veterans of the field and one of two bitches to line-up in the 2018 renewal, 20 of her 23 career wins have been at the staying trips of 700m or further.
A traditional heat and final series with heats held at Albion Park in early June. In 2018 there were just two heats held with the first four across the line from each heatss progressing to the Final. The two fifth placed heat runners were declared the reserves.
The race is a staying contest run over 710m and was open to the best greyhounds nominated under the Racing Queensland grading policy. The race is 1 of 7 Group 1 events held at a distance greater than 700m on the Australian Greyhound Racing Calendar and the only in Queensland.
First held in 1974 as the Gabba Gold Cup, it moved to Albion Park in 1993. In 2018 the race will offer $110,000 in prizemoney with the winner to receive $75,000. The 2017 winner was the champion Fanta Bale rained by Robert Britton. Other past winners include Xylia Allen, Destini Fireball, Queen Lauryn and Miss Brook.
|Date:||Thursday 14th June 2018|
|Race Time:||21:21 AEST|
|2017 Winner:||Fanta Bale|
|2018 UBET Gold Cup Odds|
|2016||My Boy Brodie|
|2012||He Knows Uno|