PUNTERS believe this Friday night’s $15,000 Bathurst Gold Cup (520 metres) will be a battle between the three inside starters, but Kennerson Park’s racing manager has his eye on an outsider.
Little Digger, Oxley Rebel and the Dubbo-trained Caitlyn Keeping opened as the favourites but Jason Lyne said people should also be keeping their eye on Paul Braddon’s Double Up Dee.
Double Up Dee will go from box eight while Little Digger, Oxley Rebel and Caitlyn Keeping drew boxes one, two, and three respectively.
“Every trainer was hoping for that one box, I think,” Lyne said.
“It's the kind of race where they all want to draw near the fence but while Little Digger’s not big early I think he can hold a position from the one.
“Caitlyn Keeping looks the leader from the three. She ran a great first section in her heat. Kitboolou Corza’s a great beginner but she’ll hold a straight line and make it hard for the outsider starters to come across.
“Then there’s Double Up Dee who recently broke the 450 metre track record.”
Little Digger, trained by Raymond Smith at Forbes, carries the fastest time at Kennerson Park over this distance (29.50 seconds) and going out from the number one box makes him a major threat.
To his outside are the classy Oxley Rebel and fastest qualifier Caitlyn Keeping, trained by Charmaine Roberts, who are currently locked in a close battle for favouritism with Little Digger.
Racing at Kennerson Park starts from 7.07pm while the field in the cup will leave the boxes at 9.25pm.