The Archie Alexander trained Survived will be shooting for three straight Mount Gambier Gold Cup victories when he lines up in Friday’s $50k feature.
With the Mount Gambier track going under renovations after tomorrow’s rescheduled Cup meeting, Survived could hold the unique record of winning the Mount Gambier Cup twice in the same year.
Survived was too good for the field as the $2.70 favourite in May’s edition when he held off the fast finishing Mr Journeyman with Dean Holland aboard. Declan Bates will take the ride on Friday, with the two already combining for a win this preparation when they claimed the Murtoa Cup in October.
Local trainer Wayne Walters has three runners in his hometown Cup with Choysa, Jim’s Special and Olifoet all set to take part in the feature. Choysa ran 2.6 lengths fourth in May’s Cup behind Survived before heading up to Queensland to run in the Listed Ipswich and Caloundra Cups. Kate Walters will ride Choysa on Friday and the Walters/Walters combination last claimed the Mount Gambier Cup in 2014 with Luckzat.
Grant Young’s grand-old galloper Tunes has been racing in good form of late and will make the trip across to Mount Gambier. The nine-year-old who is closing in on 100 careers starts has run second in three of his last five starts. Clare Lindop will continue her magnificent affiliation with the horse in the Cup and will be hoping for her fifth career win aboard the gelding.
The horse who defeated Tunes in his last start, Instrumentalist has found some good form since transferring to the Jarrod McLean stable winning his last two starts. He is a Listed winner over the 2400m claiming the 2014 Mornington Cup and has three career wins over the distance. Young apprentice Justin Huxtable will take the ride on Instrumentalist and has been riding well of late.
Holly McKechnie is leading this season’s Limestone Coast Jockey’s Premiership with six wins. She will ride the in-from Bling Dynasty from the Paul Preusker yard. Bling Dynasty claimed the Hamilton Cup two starts back and ran second in the Ararat Cup behind Sonntag earlier this month.