Countershy, trained by Lee Kiernan, and the Gladstone Cup Trophy at the Gladstone Turf Club.
Countershy, trained by Lee Kiernan, and the Gladstone Cup Trophy at the Gladstone Turf Club. BRENDA STRONG

Set for a fine day for the Cup

THE weather promises to be fine and the track good for tomorrow’s Gladstone Cup race meeting at Ferguson Park racecourse where horses will chase the rich prize money on offer.

After 80mm of rain drenched the course on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, there were fears this could be detrimental for Saturday’s races but that has turned out to be far from the truth.

“The weather will be sensational according to all the predictions. The temperature should get up to around 24 degrees – just perfect for all concerned and the ladies will be out in their latest fashions,” club president David Weinert said.

The Gladstone Turf Club has also been blessed with first-class fields after 55 horses accepted for the five-race card meaning full each-way betting will be facilitated on each of the local events.

The $15,000 Veolia Environmental Services Gladstone Cup (1608m) has drawn a field of 11 stayers who between them have won 74 races.

Two of the Cup starters – Tantat Secret and Tszyu have won more than half-a-million dollars in stakes between them.

“Gee it is a good Cup field – probably one of the classiest to contest the race here in years,” Weinert said.

Sentimental favourite will be the 2009 Gladstone Cup winner Sea Dynasty, who looks ideally placed with 55.5kg and a favourable draw in barrier two.

Only one Ferguson Park-based horse – the Denis Schultz trained Sword Of Honour – is among the 11 Cup starters.

Trinty Bannon, who has the gun ride on Sea Dynasty, has an excellent chance of taking out tomorrow’s feature Gladstone Cup-Newmarket double.

She has retained the Newmarket ride on Gracemere-trainer Alan Jones Columate who won the Middlemount Cup (1200m) last Saturday.

The $12,000 Len Smith Carpet Court Gladstone Newmarket (1194m) received a real boost through the presence of the impeccably bred Clive Large-trained stallion Ready Royal.



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