Sydney chaser My Boy Brodie ($6.00) charged home late to secure victory in the 2016 edition of the Group 1 UBET Gold Cup (710m) at Albion Park on Thursday night.
It was a first Group 1 win for trainer Trevor Rice, son Jordan and visibly emotional owner Shaun Dooley, who celebrated jubilantly with friends and family after the win.
The Tony Apap-trained Vegas Bound, who gained a start from box one as the first reserve, flew through a sizzling 15.70 early section, establishing a significant gap on the chasers which included race favourite Cyndie’s Magic, the Jeff Britton-trained Dublin Bull and the eventual winner.
Vegas Bound began to tire leaving the back straight and Victorian Dublin Bull found the lead briefly before being collared by Cyndie’s Magic, with the local star shooting clear on straightening. Unfortunately for her trainer Bill Elson, she was stalked by My Boy Brodie, whose sheer strength saw him outstay the favourite, racing through on the inside for a three-quarter length victory in a time of 42.17 seconds.
Handler Jordan Rice said connections were quietly confident of a forward showing.
“I thought his heat last week was a lot stronger than tonight’s race. He just had to get into the right position.”
“I thought he could run down any dog in the race if he was close enough. He’s very underrated.”
Bill Elson’s versatile star Cyndie’s Magic ($4.20) was a Group 1 runner-up for the second time in her career, with another Sydney stayer Lovelace ($16.70) a further three-quarters of a length back in third.
The win will likely see My Boy Brodie receive an invitation for the Brisbane club’s Listed Superstayers Invitational in two weeks’ time, and it is an invitation Rice and connections are keen to accept.
“As long as he pulls up well tonight, he’ll definitely be back.” he said.
It was the winner’s fourteenth victory in a fifty-seven start career, with the $75,000 winner’s cheque taking his career earnings to $113,623.
Despite missing out on Gold Cup Glory, Bill Elson secured victory with Fabulous Bill ($4.40) in the night’s other feature, the Listed UBET Flying Amy Classic (520m).
The ever consistent chaser, a half-brother to Cyndie’s Magic, showed his customary early speed to lead from start to finish in 29.91, scoring by a length and a half over Split Image ($6.30) with Lucky Sally ($10.00) a further two lengths back in third.
Favourite Thirty Talks was slow to begin and experienced a chequered passage before running home for fifth place.