Ipswich Cup winner Gold In Dubai will go on to contest the $200,000 Listed Caloundra Cup this weekend at the Sunshine Coast.
Gold In Dubai won the Ipswich Cup by a phenomenal two and a half lengths ahead of Danagaze and last year’s winner Our Lukas.
The five-year-old’s trainer, Mark Riley, will even consider extending Gold In Dubai’s campaign to include the $150,000 Grafton Cup on July 14, should the horse pull up well from this weekend’s Caloundra Cup run.
“If he pulled up exceptionally well and did exceptionally well I would go to Grafton if the track is going to be alright there,” Riley said.
“I was born in Melbourne but I grew up in Grafton so it would be a great thrill for us to have a runner in a Grafton Cup.
“At the end of the day the priority is the horse. If I think he’s been up for too long I’ll give him a break.
“But while he’s racing so well and doing well I’ll just keep racing him.”
Gold In Dubai has thrived during his 16 runs this preparation, and the trainer is pleased to see that the horse has finally inherited some good luck.
“He’s done a great job the horse,” Riley said.
“He’s had a lot of bad luck in a few runs (but) he never runs a bad race.”
The Desert Sun gelding has won five of his 34 race starts and has already won close to $500,000 in prize money.