Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ELEVEN ENTERED IN 84th VIRGINIA GOLD CUP

Eleven timber steeplechase horses have been entered in Saturday’s 84th running of the $75,000 Virginia Gold Cup at Great Meadow in The Plains, VA. The two previous winners – Virginia-bred Salmo in 2007 (pictured) and Bubble Economy in 2008 – will face-off against nine “wanna-bes” tackling the four mile course that features 23 timber fences.
Interestingly, Salmo was born in Casanova on a farm directly next door to Spring Hill farm that produced now-injured Kentucky Derby contender Quality Road (must be the water.)

One of the contenders looking to grab the cash and the Gold Cup trophy is Seeyouattheevent who won the International Gold Cup over the same Great Meadow course in October of 2007. The field is also slated to include Incomplete, an 8-year-old bay, who is 3-for-3 in National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned races since beginning his career over timber two years ago. In his last start he won the 99th running of the My Lady’s Manor Steeplechase. Runner-ups at My Lady’s Manor South Monarch and J. Alfred Prufrock are also entered.

As predicted here five weeks ago, EMO Stables’ Orison has successfully made the switch from hurdles to timber and he to is entered in the Gold Cup.

Last time out, 2008 Gold Cup winner Bubble Economy defeated the International Gold Cup winner Seeyouattheevent in the Middleburg Hunt Cup at the Middleburg Spring Races. Gold Cup entrant Erin Go Bragh (NZ) was third in that race. Scratches for the day’s card are due in at the National Steeplechase office later today.

To see all the entries for the day’s six races click here.

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