There may be some higher profile horses lining up in Friday’s $65,000 Orange Gold Cup, but Dubbo galloper Nightspun can’t be ruled out.
That’s the feeling of Racing Orange’s race day manager Damien Moloney following the release of the final field on Wednesday morning.
Garry White’s Letter To Juliette is one standout, as the Hawkesbury trainer returns to Towac Park in search of his fourth Orange Gold Cup win, while Joseph Pride’s 71-rater Bon Equus is another that jumps from the page.
A last-start winner at Gosford, the five-year-old is strong over the 2100 trip with two wins from five starts and over his 27-start career has won at Kembla Grange and Hawkesbury, and showed well at Canterbury and Randwick as well.
Danny Williams’ Mister Marmalade is another last-start winner running as is Orange trainer Michael Plummer’s Bathurstian and the Cameron Crockett-trained Kingsbridge, which will have defy a horror draw from barrier 12.
He lapped up a jump in distance at Mudgee last week though and looks well-placed to challenge on Friday.
“It is a really good field, there’s those bigger name horses but the likes of Lucky Elixir, Nightspun and Zaveena have their claims as well,” he said.
Nightpsun has been a consistent performer for Garry Lunn and is incredibly deep.
Friday will mark Nightpsun’s 33rd consecutive start this preparation, stretching back to June 25 last year.
The Gold Cup jumps at 4.25pm on Friday.