Midsummer Sun Wins Back-to-back in 2015 Gosford Cup

January 10th, 2015

In a case of déjà vu, seven-year-old gelding Midsummer Sun took out the Listed Gosford Cup (2100m) with ease on Friday.

Midsummer Sun scored back-to-back Gosford Cup wins on Friday.

Midsummer Sun scored back-to-back Gosford Cup wins on Friday. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

The defending champion will get to keep his crown after beating home Oriental Lady ($12) and Phrases ($41) by one length.

The Sam Kavanagh-trained gelding firmed to $3.90 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au following minor placings in both the Listed ATC Cup (2000m) and Group 3 Summer Cup (2000m) but scored his first win of the campaign with the 2015 Gosford Cup.

Hoop Blake Shinn held his position just outside the leader despite three-wide pressure in the middle of race.

Midsummer Sun is just the second horse to score back-to-back Cup wins alongside broodmare queen Denise’s Joy.

“The addition of blinkers have really switched the horse on,” Shinn told Sky Racing after the race.

“When I asked him he really let down and put a gap in them and held them at bay. It was a great win.”

Kavanagh wasn’t on hand to watch Midsummer Sun win since he’s currently at the Gold Coast for Magic Millions Race Day but that didn’t dampen his excitement.

“That means a lot to win this race because he has been around the mark all preparation and just missed on a few occasions,” he said.

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2015 Gosford Cup Finishing Order & Results

Finish No Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 MIDSUMMER SUN Sam Kavanagh Blake Shinn 3 57kg $3.90
2 6 ORIENTAL LADY Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 1L 8 54kg $12
3 10 PHRASES Bindi Cheers Andrew Gibbons 1.1L 6 54kg $41
4 4 MULTILATERAL Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1.4L 2 56.5kg $5.50
5 5 GALLATIN John O’Shea Tommy Berry 1.5L 5 54kg $13
6 1 PELICANO Tony McEvoy Hugh Bowman 1.6L 1 59kg $4
7 7 CASINO DANCER Mike Van Gestel Jason Collett 1.9L 4 54kg $10
7 9 BLAZING DRAGON Bart & James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1.9L 9 54kg $26
9 8 GHOST PROTOCOL Paul Perry Tim Clark 2.1L 7 54kg $8.50
10 2 HOYLONNY Chris Waller Tye Angland 12L 10 57kg $31