The Cup Takes Shape by The Gurkha
Although form-stayer Fair Hunter will not be venturing up Great Eastern Highway for the XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup this year, revived six-year-old The Corporation has been confirmed for the event.
Trainer Trevor Andrews announced his intent after the Helenus gelding ran a brilliant second to Fair Hunter at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The Corporation has re-ignited a static career this campaign, producing two wins and five placings from his past seven starts.
"I was quite pleased with his run on Saturday and the owners have shown a desire to head to Kalgoorlie," Andrews said.
"He'll run once more over 2200m at Belmont before heading up there for the Cup."
However Fair Hunter's trainer Jason Miller told Perth Racing's Wes Cameron post-race his stayer would likely have just one more run in Perth before spelling.
The five-year-old has been a revelation this campaign, winning all five starts and increasing his rating by 20 points to 90.
The first serious Cup contender was announced last week when the Dan Morton-trained Big Josh scored an exciting win in the Raglan Drilling/GTC Tattersall's Cup (2300m).
It remains to be seen whether elite trainers Adam Durrant and Fred Kersley travel with any of their talented stayers.
Durrant looks likely to return with Double Barrel while Hibernian and Lopov may also venture north, whilst Dayana Plate runner-up Confianza and Sky Magic are under consideration for Kersley.
Both Durrant and Kersley have experienced plenty of past success in the Goldfields, with multiple Boulder Cup winner Reverend Lovejoy (Durrant) and 2008 Coolgardie/Boulder Cup victor Mr Diagnosis (Kersley) the most noticeable.
Trainer Ted Martinovich is considering the Hannans Handicap for Saturday's Goodwood Sprint winner Cavallo Pazzo.
The five-year-old is due to start again in two weeks and a Hannans start will then be decided upon.
Grey mare Bites The Dust looks on track for the race after a solid fifth in the Goodwood.