Wow Topgun Bound After Goulburn Cup Repeat

IF Wow had to solidify his place in next month’s Topgun field he did exactly that with a masterclass win in the Goulburn Gold Cup Final on Sunday.

Adam Dobbin

24 October 2021

IF Wow had to solidify his place in next month’s Topgun field he did exactly that with a masterclass performance in the Ladbrokes Goulburn Gold Cup Final (440m) on Sunday.

In an exemplary display of sustained speed the son of Fernando Bale carved out a flying 24.22 to parcel up his second consecutive victory in the group 3 feature.

Sent to the boxes a drifting $2.20 favourite, Wow supporters were on good terms with themselves soon after box rise, charging to the front with the $25,000 first prize seemingly safely in his keeping.

Landing win 27 of his 44 start career and extending his career stake earnings past $400,000, Wow scored by a widening 3 ¾ lengths over Casual Glance which just grabbed Derry Express on the line for second.

Wow’s Goulburn Cup heroics was the superstar sprinter’s first feature race success since being transferred to Danielle Matic from Karina Britton on the eve of the Golden Easter Egg earlier this year where he finished a courageous second to Tommy Shelby.

Danielle and mum Ruth have endured tremendous pressure with the dog given his immense ability and circumstances around his arrival.

“It’s a great relief as much as anything – he’s just a brilliant dog,” Ruth Matic said.

“Provided he gains a start in the Topgun we’ll travel to Melbourne and give him another look at The Meadows on Monday week (Hume Cup night).

“Today was a fantastic day and it was great to see him perform to the level he did and we’ve come to expect.”

With a second Goulburn Cup now in safe keeping, the Matics can expect to hear Wow’s name read out when the field for the Group 1 Topgun at The Meadows is announced on The Catching Pen this Tuesday.

Already a Group 1 winner at The Meadows, annexing the Temlee in February, Wow’s presence will be more than felt in the $150,000-to-the-winner invitation on November 6.

Meanwhile, on a stellar day of racing at Goulburn, Father Rick caused a minor boilover in the $10,000-to-the-winner Goulburn Workers Club Fireball Final (350m).

Trained by Ray Webster, Father Rick (Fernando Bale x Lagoon Prissy) ran a slick 19.60 for the 350 metre journey, defeating Sizzle Fly by 3 ½ lengths.

Radiation finished third while race favourite More Sauce, which broke the track record in his heat a week earlier, finished fourth.