Wow On Track For Cup Despite Mechanical Fault

A mechanical fault has failed to hinder Group 1 winner Wow’s preparation for Sunday’s heats of the $40,000-to-the-winner Group 2 Bulli Gold Cup.

Peter Davis

9 February 2022

A mechanical fault has failed to hinder Group 1 winner Wow’s preparation for Sunday’s heats of the Bulli Gold Cup (472m).

Wow was drawn to clash with the in-form and super impressive Mickey Doo in one of two 472m events on the 10-race Bulli card on Tuesday yet the compressor hose (situated under the boxes themselves) was found to have perished and could not be replaced on the day.

“He (Wow) had been on the lead since winning at Wentworth Park on January 29 and really needed the hit out for this Sunday’s heats,” trainer Danielle Matic said.

“Fortunately, we were able to ‘hand slip’ him from just in front of the 472m boxes and, while there was no first section, his electrically timed run home was 15.99.

“The record, we’re told is 15.90 … so he’s on target for the heats now.”

After being on the track for just on 20 minutes as staff looked for a remedy, handlers returned to the kennels. The program’s two 472m races were abandoned while the remaining two 400m events were conducted without a hitch.

“He was quite ‘hot’ after waiting around at the boxes but he then had about an hour to cool off in the kennels and we were able to re hydrate him too,” Danielle added.

“The other positive is that he’s come through the run really well.”

The race (or trial as it turned out), was only scheduled as a fitness outing and that ‘box’ – despite circumstance – has been ticked.

For perspective, Wow has a personal best first section at Bulli of 9.85 seconds and, while an imprecise calculation given he trialled over slightly less than 472m, his effort was certainly in the sub-26 seconds range.

Despite also being targeted at the Group 2 Gold Cup, it’s understood that Mark Davidson (Mickey Doo) and Jason Mackay (Zipping Lopez) elected not to trial after the final race.