By Frances O 'Shea
Trainer Chris Waller could have a three-pronged attack at this Friday’s $160,000 Listed Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup.
The Waller stable has dominated the Cup in recent years, winning seven of the past 10 cups, and has three top-class stayers in the race.
Savacool, who was placed four times at Group level in the spring and winter before taking out the Listed-Rowley Mile at Hawkesbury first-up, heads the Waller trio.
At her most recent outing on Saturday she finished strongly in the Group 3 Premiers Cup over 1900m, with the step up to 2100m looking ideal.
Stablemate The Lord Mayor, who was second in the Grafton Cup over 2350m in July, resumed over 1600m at Eagle Farm on August 15 and strong from around the 2100m.
Completing the Waller trio is six-year-old Street Cry mare Torjoy, who at her last outing was fourth behind Savacool in the Rowley Mile, beaten less than a length.
The Kris Lees/Australian Bloodstock team also has a strong representation including Irish import Raheen House, who has impressive staying credentials taking out the Gr 2 Chairman’s Quality at Randwick in the Autumn, before finishing a close third in the Gr 1 Sydney Cup over 3200m.
He resumed with a fifth in the Premiers Cup Prelude over 1800m on August 15.
Veteran stayer Big Duke is the third of the Lees team, the nine-year-old having finished fourth in his last outing in the Premiers Cup Prelude.
With a Group 2 and two Group 3 wins to his name, along with multiple Group placings, he would be among the chances at his best form.
Kiss The Bride, from the in-form Bjorn Baker stable, is among the nominations, the five-year-old having won his past two starts over 1800m and 2400m at Randwick.
The Waterhouse/Bott stable will be hoping last year’s Wyong Cup runner-up Hush Writer can go one better. The six-year-old went on to win the Group 3-Newcastle Cup and St Leger in 2019 but was unsuccessful in four runs in the autumn.
He has had four trials and would be primed for a strong first-up performance over the 2100m.
The $140,000 Mona Lisa has attracted 20 nominations included Bjorn Baker’s Group 2-winning mare, Positive Peace, who strung together five successive Metropolitan wins last preparation.