The Border Watch : May 16th 2014
54 MOUNT GAMBIER GALLOPS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Quinella can be repeated 2013 Cup winner Mickiem and second placed Gatalistic could fight it out again this year 54 MOUNT 54 MOUNT UNT GAMBIER GALLOPS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Quinella can be repeate NT GAMBIER GALLOPS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Quinella can be repeated 2013 Cup winner Mickiem and second placed Gatalistic could fight it out again this year staged staged a classic two horse war over the final 300 metres to quinella the 2013 Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup. The pair streeted their rivals to the tune of five lengths, and they clash again in the richest race of the Limestone Coast racing season this afternoon. It will come as no surprise to see the pair quinella the Gold Cup again as this year’s field seems inferior to that of last year. After his 2013 cup success, Mickiem went on to win a restricted race during the Swan Hill Cup carnival the following month but has not been seen in the winners’ stall since. Gatalistic was spelled immediately after last year’s cup, and then went on to win the Dunkeld Cup last November followed a fortnight later with a victory in Adelaide. This campaign, the Hamilton trained Mickiem has had just the two runs, both here in the Limestone Coast for a deadheat third in the Penola Cup followed by a 1.2 length fourth in the recent Millicent Cup. Mickiem definitely fires up at this time of the year when the tracks become soft but, for once, that may not be the case at Glenburnie this afternoon. Adelaide jockey Dominic Tourneur has already won three Mount Gambier Cups, including last year’s with Mickiem and he is again in the saddle today. The Darren Kolpin trained Gatalistic has been set specifically for this race and should be at his peak following four runs this time in work. He was a close second to Evenmoreaction in the Penola Cup on Easter Sunday, and followed up with a fifth to Luckzat in the Millicent Cup a fortnight later. The top weight Texan Warney has failed in the past two Mount Gambier Gold Cups (sixth last year and ninth in 2012), and there could be some doubt about him running today as he is also an acceptor for a 1950 metre race in Adelaide tomorrow. Apart from Gatalistic, there are four other local hopes in the cup – Luckzat, Bojani, Lee Creek and Rosello. The Wayne Walters trained Luckzat beat her rivals fair and square in the Millicent Cup when she circled the field from last on the home turn to win convincingly, however win- HISTORY REVISITED: Mickiem (right) and Gatalistic ran the quinella in last year’s Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup. Will there be a repeat today? the best appears to be the Stawell galloper Get Out Of Town, a good second to Luckzat in the Millicent Cup at his only run this side of the border this preparation. Looking for a repeat WHEN you observe that ace jumps jockey Steve Pateman is here for the carnival for just one ride, you tend to take notice. Pateman piloted the Graeme “Joey” Smith trained Half Moon Rising to win the steeplechase here 12 months ago and will be hoping for a repeat performance today. After three unplaced runs on the flat, Half Moon Rising is taking the same path as last year by having his first steeplechase start of a new campaign here at Glenburnie. FINAL CURTAIN: Mount Gambier trainer, Lee Creek has announced that Club Royale (pictured) will be retired after today’s running of the Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup. ning consecutive races has not been a part of Luckzat’s makeup. Michael O’Leary, the cups king in these parts, must be due for another Mount Gambier victory, after all it is three years since he last held the cup aloft when Risk It All saluted. His representative is Bojani who has been around the mark this campaign 54 - The Border Watch, Friday, May 16, 2014 without winning, with a third at Oakbank, a fourth in the Terang Cup followed by a last start sixth in the Millicent Cup. Lee Creek would dearly love to win the cup today as he has stated it will be the final run of Club Royale’s career. A winner in years gone by of the Bordertown and Naracoorte cups, Club Royale has not fired a shot at both runs this campaign. Cafpirco trainer Dean Saxon saddles up Rosello, a newcomer to his stable and a winner over the 2400 metre trip. The six-year-old gelding has been out of the placings at both runs for Saxon in the past month at Swan Hill and Penola. Of the visiting contingent, It will be no mean feat for Half Moon Rising to make it back-to-back Plenary Group steeplechases, as the nine-year-old will have to be nursed by Pateman with the huge weight impost of 75.5 kilograms. Top Victorian jumps trainers Ciaron Maher and Eric Musgrove have supported the race and respect has to be given to Jooli Lad (Maher) and Show Dancer (Musgrove). Aiming for the hat-trick MILLICENT trained gallopers have made the Volcano Handicap their own in recent years, and there is no reason to sug- gest that will change today. Last year, the Craig Stewart trained Our Freed Man won the race, and Ace Or Joka won it for Ian “Ned” Walker in 2012. Walker has an undeniable chance of winning it again, this time with Lionhearted Girl, especially if the top weight Woakwine is scratched. The Jamie Opperman trained Woakwine is also a final acceptor for a 1400 metre race at Morphettville Parks tomorrow. Lionhearted Girl showed last start that she does not have to lead to win by coming from mid field to win the open sprint on Millicent Cup day 12 days ago. Woakwine is a class gal- loper, in the money at all three Glenburnie starts, and four of his five career wins have been in Adelaide. Opperman’s other runner in the race is Conidel which seems to race best when able to lead, but his last two runs have been somewhat below par. Donnidi Sulina and Kill Bill, second and third respectively in the sprint on Millicent Cup day behind Lionhearted Girl, have excellent chances in an open race. On her day, Donnidi Sulina looks a class act while Kill Bill has really come of age this campaign at both runs back from a 10 week spell. Best bets: Bouncing Beverley (win; race four); Mickiem (each way; race six). Best outsiders: Star Of The West (race five); Bonnie Glyn (race eight).
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