Red Excitement has led from start to finish to record a comfortable two length win in the 2017 Gosford Cup (2100m) this afternoon.
The Excites gelding has returned to racing in slick form this time and immediately put himself into the Gosford Cup after jumping well; leading Foreign Prince and Loophole past the post the first time.
Jockey Adam Hyeronimus was successful in getting the seven-year-old to switch off almost immediately and the pair enjoyed an easy run in transit over the back straight, and approaching the final bend.
Having opened a gap of close to four lengths on his rivals upon arriving at the straight, Red Excitement produced a strong kick with 200m to run; never appearing in doubt on his way to a thirteenth career victory and second-consecutive black type triumph.
Red Excitement returned to black type company in the Group 3 Festival Stakes (1500m) on December 3rd and while clearly requiring more distance, ran a handy third.
Running well in a trial at Rosehill on December 20th, the gelding out of Red Obsession was at his absolutely best when he stormed home to win the Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) at Randwick on Boxing Day; his start prior to this afternoon’s Gosford Cup win.
Sense Of Occasion won the Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) in what was a shock result last time out, and was gallant to the line for second in the Gosford Cup this afternoon.
The six-year-old has been a strong and consistent performer for Kris Lees since arriving in the Newcastle trainer’s care partway through 2016; finishing no worse than fifth in seven competitive appearances.
Joe Pride’s Warwick Farm stables have been in great form recently and that trend continued this afternoon as Destiny’s Kiss ran on from the rear of the field to finish third in the Gosford Cup.