Harper’s Choice heading to Wyong for Gold Cup

Harper’s Choice will line up in the $160,000 Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup at the end of the month following his strong win at Rosehill on Saturday.

Gerald Ryan confirmed the Street Cry gelding had pulled up well following his victory in the 1800m Premier’s Cup Prelude.

“At this stage, all being well, Wyong will be his next start,” Ryan said.

“We won’t do a lot with him between now and then. The race fits in really well with his program and we will likely head to the Newcastle Cup after that.”

Harper’s Choice made it back to back wins last Saturday, having previously taken out the 2400m Winter Cup at Rosehill on June 30.

Ryan then freshened the five-year-old up, trialling him prior to Saturday’s run.

He believes the gelding, who was runner-up to Jon Snow in last year’s Group 1 ATC Derby, will have no problems with the Wyong track.

“He hasn’t been there before but he’s won around Canterbury, so I couldn’t picture the track being a problem for him.

“It’s great to see this horse in such good form and the Wyong Cup looks ideal.”

Jason Collett, who partnered Harper’s Choice to his latest victory, will be the likely rider.

The Listed Carlton Draught Wyong Gold Cup will be run on August 31 and is the highlight to Club’s 120th anniversary of their major Racing carnival of the year.



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