Are The Favourite Pair Vulnerable In Gold Bullion?

IT is speedsters Louis Rumble, Spotted Elk and Orchestrate which hold the key to Thursday night's Group 1 Gold Bullion Final at Albion Park.

David Brasch

2 February 2022

WHILE Jungle Deuce and Zipping Kyrgios are all the rage for Thursday night’s Group 1 Gold Bullion Final (520m) at Albion Park, it is speedsters Louis Rumble, Spotted Elk and Orchestrate which could bring them undone because of their early pace.

Spotted Elk, with a last start first section of 5.44, was quickest to the first mark in the heats, but Orchestrate with a 5.48 and Louis Rumble with a 5.50 will each have the wood early on the hot final favourites.

FIELDS AND FORM ALBION PARK THURSDAY NIGHT

Jungle Deuce went 5.62 and Zipping Kyrgios 5.56 in their devastating heat wins last week.

Breeder-owner Tom Kinnear was quick to point out his dog Orchestrate, trained by Tony Brett, is perfectly boxed out wide in a bid to get to the front early.

“He has won eight of his 17 wins from wide draws,” said Tom.

“And if I look at those drawn around him on Thursday night, Do It went 5.66 and Jagger Moves went 5.65 in their heats.

“Jagger Moves is a very smart dog, but his early pace from the lids has not been evident lately. I like Orchestrate’s chances to be rushing up at the first turn looking for the lead.”

Kinnear was ecstatic with his dog’s heat win.

“He had to do it tough during the run but he kept on pressing,” he said.

Kinnear had been looking forward to the chance of a rare big race double within a few days with Orchestrate’s full brother Litigate in the Group 3 Vince Curry Maiden Final (520m).

“He was so impressive in his heat, but pulled up with an injury after the semi-final,” said Tom. “But, we know we have an exciting youngster.”

Jungle Deuce is $3.10 favourite for the Gold Bullion final after drawing perfectly in box two.

He just shades Zipping Kyrgios which is $3.40 in early markets.

Orchestrate is third favourite at $5 just shading Louis Rumble from the Steve Kavanagh kennel at $6.

Spotted Elk, second in the recent The Phoenix, is huge odds at $26 for a bitch with brilliant early sections.

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VETERAN Queensland dog man Paul McIlveen has been scratching his head for a week when the markets came out for the Group 3 Albion Park Gold Cup Final (710m).

McIlveen has Bad And Boujee drawn box four in the Gold Cup worth $100,000 to the winner.

“My bitch gave Gypsy Wyong a huge start in the heat last week and ran it down in 42.08 which was equal best of the heats,” said Paul.

“But the markets have Gypsy Wyong $3.50 joint favourite and my bitch $15.

“How did they work that out.”

McIlveen says he has stripped a full kilo from Bad And Boujee’s racing weight and the improvement in her form has been “incredible”.

“She is a really big bitch, with a bum on her as big as one of the Kardashians,” he joked.

McIlveen said all eight finalists were in with a great chance depending on how the race is run.

“The one and the three will go forward early, the two will be back last and my bitch will be second last,” he said.

“I’m just hoping my bitch can get a litter room to move in the first 100 metres and that will put her right into it.

“My bitch is absolutely flying.”