Dancer Wins Coolgardie Cup by The Gurkha
The dynamic duo of Lou and Dion Luciani combined with long time stable star Jason Whiting on Amelia’s Dancer to secure the $100,000 Focus Minerals Coolgardie Cup (1600m) from Belora in a thrilling finish.
Whiting positioned Amelia’s Dancer just off the pace from his inside gate of two, while Kyra Yuill on Belora had to cut across from barrier 13 to sit just behind the leader Morsecodian.
Yuill was the first to move on Belora, sprinting hard as horses turned for home. Meanwhile, Whiting has been steadily improving his position and once horse’s straightened he had moved into clear running three horses out.
The two came together for a sterling battle to the line with Amelia’s Dancer proving too strong over the concluding stages.
Miss Tipsy Topsy tracked her way from back in the field and followed the winner home into third place in what was a nice performance heading into the $110.000 Goldline Distributors Boulder Cup.
The Fernie trained pair of Wookah and Morsecodian were next across the line with both horses turning in solid efforts and will progress toward the Boulder Cup.
Amelia Storm was good passing a few from back in the field to come in sixth but horses finishing further back than this have plenty of ground to make up on their better performed rivals.
Amelia’s Dancer has always been considered a classy type and capable of winning feature middle distance cup type races.
Owned by the powerful Peter Walsh Amelia syndications, the Danzero six year old will progress toward the Boulder Cup but co trainer Dion Luciani has suggested that the $150,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup would most likely not be considered.
“At this stage he is still a live hope for the Triple Crown bonus of
$100,000 so you would never say never-but the Boulder Cup becomes his main aim at this stage.” Luciani told The Gurkha. “That was a great ride from “Fishy” (J Whiting). He just continued to improve his position throughout the race and when he popped out on the home bend my confidence grew.”
“Full marks to Dan Morton’s horse Belora who made us fight all the way to the line.”
In fact Belora ran a blinder and may have been beaten by the wider barrier.
“My horse ran up to his best form and Kyra could not have ridden him any better-he will drop back to the 1400 metres of the $130,000 KBRC Hannan’s Handicap on September 19.” Morton said.
Miss Tipsy Topsy has been confirmed as a certain starter in the Boulder Cup and also the Kalgoorlie Cup by Stan Bates.
Peter Fernie is hoping for a wider barrier for Wookah who didn’t appear to be totally comfortable racing on the inside of horses but motored home late to grab fourth in front of his stable mate Morsecodian.
“Both of my horses ran up to near their best. Wookah was just taken off the bridle when the sprint went on. He is better suited building his rhythm into a race and should be suited by the longer trip in the Boulder Cup.”
Fernie said. “Morsecodian just gives his all every time he goes around.”