Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller dominate Friday’s Listed $150,000 Carlton Mid Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) with seven of the 14 acceptors to create one of the best fields, class wise, in years.
Those two trainers have won five of the last six cups and this cup could develop into an intriguing battle between those two power house stables.
Waterhouse has flooded the field with four runners and Waller three while Joe Pride is not far behind with another two.
Trainers see the race as an ideal lead up to The Metropolitan with all but one of the runners, bottom weight Jaja Malu, nominated for the Group One.
Waterhouse’s four runners are Travolta (Tommy Berry), Queenstown (Tim Clark), Michelangelo (Tye Angland) and Laidback Larry (Adam Hyeronimus).
Waller has accepted with Brigantin (Glyn Schofield), Secessio (Hugh Bowman) and Multilateral (James McDonald) while Pride, yet to win the cup, will start top weight Destiny’s Kiss (Jason Collett) and Canny Ballad (Kathy O’Hara).
Randwick trainer John Sargent has accepted with Queensland cup winner Iggi Pop and also in the National Jockeys Trust Hcp at Randwick on Saturday.
However he will run in the cup provided the track is not heavy.
“Accepting at Randwick is our back up plan,” Sargent said.
“The Wyong cup is the one we are after and with Jim Byrne coming from Brisbane to ride him it is where we want to go.”
A win by the the John Thompson trained Tremec, to be ridden by Brenton Avdulla, would add value to the six year old before he goes under the hammer at the Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal starting on September 28.
Tremec won the Group Two Chairman’s Handicap at Randwick last year and finished second to The Offer in this year’s Chairman’s.
He resumed from a spell to run a good fourth behind Hoylonny over 1800 metres at Rosehill on August 18, is a winner second up and has wet track form.
Kerrin McEvoy will maintain his association with the Tony McEvoy trained import Evangelist with the horse having only his third Australian start in the cup.
Evangelist, the winner of four races from only 12 starts including three in England, made his Australian debut by winning over 1500 metres at Rosehill in July.
A month later he ran eighth to Hoylonny over 1800 metres at Rosehill and has not started since.