Victorian stayer Lioness Lulu picked up right where she left off after last weeks Group One Association Cup victory, saluting in heat one of the Group Three Gold Cup last night at Wentworth Park.
Stepping from box two over the 720m journey, the daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Jackie’s Capri was never headed in an impressive 42.24 performance, scoring by three and a half lengths at the finish.
Lioness Lulu’s young trainer Mark Giddings purchased his start stayer for $2,000 with one win to her name and now is looking to notch up his second group win in two weeks.
Heat two went to second favourite Tizza Nitro for Rob Tyler, positionally herself beautifully from after the star, the daugher of Nitro Burst took the lead approaching the home turn and held off a late challenge from Phantom Reign to salute by three quarters of a length in 42.55.
Next weeks Group Three Final will see winning connections collect $25,000.
Group Three Gold Cup Final - 720m - Wentworth Park
1 - Golden Gate - Ernest Borg
2 - Phantom Reign - Dean Swain
3 - Tizza Nitro - Rob Tyler
4 - Explosive Range - Daniel Flanagan
5 - Nureyev - Darren Scells
6 - Sandave Sapphire - Dave Richardson
7 - Young Gun - Judith Richardson
8 - Lioness Lulu - Mark Giddings
9 - Whittaker - Julie Fletcher
10 - Cristalle Coco - Lorraine Atchison