Destiny’s Kiss is on top of the 2014 Newcastle Gold Cup field and will carry the top weight of 59 kilograms when he jumps from the inside barrier in the Group 3 event on Thursday.
Destiny’s Kiss won the Stayers Cup (3200m) at Randwick on June 7, but has since been unable to return to winning form in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on June 28, the Listed Rowley Mile (1600m) at Hawkesbury on August 21 and the Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) on September 5.
Multilateral defeated Destiny’s Kiss to win the Wyong Cup and the Mizzen Mast gelding will back up in the Newcastle Gold Cup on Thursday.
The five-year-old gelding has been included in the nominations for all the major staying races during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and he will be ridden by veteran hoop Jimmy Cassidy when he jumps from barrier seven.
Multilateral’s trainer Chris Waller will have a number of chances to win the Newcastle Gold Cup for the first time after he also included imported galloper Brigantin (barrier two) and Wyong Cup placegetter Secessio (barrier 14) in the field for the Group 3 event.
Another trainer with multiple runners in the 2014 Newcastle Gold Cup field is local trainer Kris Lees, who has included Oriental Lady, Slivovitz and Ay No Digas in the acceptances for the $175,000 event.
Oriental Lady (barrier 12) had her winning streak ended when she finished eighth in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m), but will be suited by the step back up in trip, while Slivovitz (barrier three) will be making his black type racing debut.
One of the most interesting runners in the Newcastle Gold Cup field is Godolphin stayer Tupac Amaru.
Tupac Amaru finished second behind Criterion in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on April 12 before he finished a credible sixth in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) a week later, but he has failed to fire in his two starts this preparation.
The Street Cry gelding failed to beat home a runner in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on August 16 and produced only a slightly better effort when ninth in the Premier’s Cup.
Peter Moody-trained Wish Come True will also be backing up from the Premier’s Cup and the imported galloper will be having his first start at Group level since he finished second in the Italian Derby (2212m) in Rome last year.
Gai Waterhouse-trained Travolta (barrier five), Wyong Cup placegetter Canny Ballad (barrier 11), imported stayer Disclaimer (barrier six), local galloper Ambivalent (barrier nine), Paul Perry-trained Khalid (barrier 13) and Taree Cup placegetter Samsili (barrier four) have also been included in the Newcastle Gold Cup field.