2:05 PM (AEDST) Friday, December 8 at Muswellbrook Race Club, Muswellbrook
The annual running of the Muswellbrook Gold Cup will take place this Friday afternoon with absolutely perfect conditions expected.
Race 1 – Prime7 Starmaker 2YO Showcase Handicap (1000 metres)
Race 2 – tab.com.au Country Maiden Showcase Plate (1280 metres)
Race 3 – Pumps And Pipeline Services Class 1 & Maiden Showcase Plate (1750 metres)
Race 4 – Widden Stud Benchmark 60 Showcase Handicap (1000 metres)
Race 5 – Horsepower Skellatar Sprint Showcase (1000 metres)
Race 6 – Mt Arthur Coal Wayne Harris Showcase Handicap (1280 metres)
Race 7 – Mrs Services Group Muswellbrook Gold Cup Showcase (1500 metres)
Race 8 – Dimmock’s Quality Meats Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1280 metres)
Race 7 – Mrs Services Group Muswellbrook Gold Cup Showcase – This feature race of the meet will see a strong field fighting it out for the $100,000 in prize money on offer. 15 horses will line up in this main event, with Caerless Choice the favourite despite a steady last start, where he finished sixth of eight starters at Rosehill in his first race after a near 6 month spell. He’s looking likely for a sharp improvement here. Sarajevo has been pacing himself well and showing good signs of improvement. He ran third in his last run, just half a length off the pace. Schedule has been very strong in his last four starts, scoring three features and a fourth place. He won two starts back at Rosehill before finishing second in the Mudgee Cup last week. After All That has been fighting well and could well feature here after a strong showing in the city.
Betting: Caerless Choice $5.50; After All That $6.50; Sarajevo $6.50; Schedule $6.50; Art D’amour $6.50; Gadfly $8.00; Mercurial Lad $11.00; Annandale Lass $14.00; Alliterate $20.00; Dee I Cee $23.00; Hammond Lane $31.00; Peggy’s Cove $31.00; Sculptures $41.00.