Goose On Track For Kalgoorlie Cup Win by The Gurkha
Astute city trainer Justine Erkelens produced tough front running stayer Goose in sensational condition to win the CPC Engineering Kambalda Handicap (2200m) and stamp himself as a leading contender for the $150,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on Saturday September 21.
The lanky grey son of Blackfriars was well rated by Russell Hanson and his last 100 metres of the race was the most impressive.
He careered away to win by over three lengths from the consistent Secret Glow while conceding 3 kg to the second placed galloper who has form all around the better local stayers this season.
Erkelens who won the Kalgoorlie Cup with Action Pak in 2008, went within an ace of training three winners on the day after Magna Cat had won the Coolgardie Shire Maiden (1600m) and Rock City finished a close up third in the Barstow Mining Handicap (1300m) after being sent out a $1.50 favourite.
Goose was having his first look at the Kalgoorlie circuit but his front running style always suggested he would be suited on the turning track and with the services of Russell Hanson; he looms as one of the main chances in the Kalgoorlie Cup.
“That was a relief. He can be such a hard horse to ride and he wanted to have a look around leaving the home straight the first time. But the way he finished the race off was most impressive.” Erkelens told The Gurkha.
Erkelens has decided to focus in on the famous Race Round and has a team of nine horses stabled in Kalgoorlie primed to win races at the next three race meetings.
“Apart from the four that started on Sunday, Disco Bling and Mac It Is will start in the Boulder Cup, Sundown Clown, Boneshaker and On The Carpet will also race up here.”
Goose has now started 17 times for six wins and comes into the Kalgoorlie Cup with a low rating of 82 which should ensure he drops down from his 58kg carried on Sunday.
“He has pulled up fine and will not start again until the Kalgoorlie Cup-Russell Hanson will take the ride.” Erkelens confirmed.
Adricat in Slashing Kambalda Cup Win
The devastating win by Adricat in the BIS Industries Kambalda Cup (1400m) over Mr Vadim and Dignity Haze has the Delago Brom gelding qualified to run in the $130,000 KBRC Hannan’s Handicap (1400m) on September 19.
His trainer Stephen Mulchay will play the waiting game before deciding if the former Victorian with the booming finish will take his place in the region’s major sprint race.
Felicity Ives who won on Adricat in the Kambalda Cup looks to have the Scimitar Services Leading Apprentice Title all but sewn up, also could not throw any more light on a possible Hannan’s Handicap start.
“Stephen still hasn’t told me if he will start in the Hannan’s. The way he won on Sunday I believe the horse deserves a shot at a big race like that.” Ives said.
“I have now ridden him in his past three starts and every one of them has been eye-catching to say the least.”
“He doesn’t do himself any favours because he is always slow away but when he lets down he just flies.”
Adricat came from near last to mow down the unlucky Mr Vadim over the concluding stages to win running away by 2 ¼ lengths.
“He carries his head high and doesn’t appear to be striding out and then he just lets down and really motors.”
Ives was impressed Big Smoke who looked unlucky when finishing second to Zipfer in the CT Electrical Handicap (1760m).
“He never got out and hit the line like a horse looking for more ground-Trevor Tasker has another 1760 metres race targeted for him on Kalgoorlie Cup day.”
“Lets Kiss’n’Tell was a cracking run in the first race of the day-the distance was too short but we recorded the fastest 600 metres of the day and it should win soon for John Eaton.” Ives concluded.