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Lane’s cup hopes ride with his money-spinner All But Gone
DAMIEN Lane has already won 100 times his outlay for All But Gone and today he can add another $33,000 with a win in the Dubbo Gold Cup Showcase (1600m).
The Wyong trainer bought the son of Doncaster winner Haradasun as a weanling for a mere $1200.
A winner of five races from 22 starts, All But Gone’s earnings are $125,760.
“He’s been a great little horse for me,’’ Lane said. “I bought him when I was kicking off and didn’t have many horses and very little money. I had him in work as a two-year-old but he got really crook and had to have about 18 months off.
“He’s shown great ability all the time we’ve had him. He is only a small horse and not the best eater in the world, so you’ve got to look after him.’’
All But Gone has never raced better as evidenced by his last-start third over the famous Randwick mile behind Embley.
“(The Dubbo Cup) looks a nice race for him and there will be plenty of speed on,’’ Lane said.
“I am sure he will be in the back half of the field but he’s got a really good turn of foot.’’
Today’s race has brought together a fabulous field to be led out by Mapmaker who has three consecutive Rosehill placings under his belt subsequent to his close second in the Tamworth Cup back on April 30.
“It’s hard to win these races with big weights but he has been set for it and his form reads well,” Mapmaker’s trainer Tim Martin told Racing NSW.
“He isn’t a kid’s horse so having Greg (Ryan) on is a bonus as he knows the Dubbo track so well.
“He will go on to race in the Port Macquarie Cup all being well after Dubbo. He is very fit and I expect him to go close.’’
While today’s Dubbo Cup is the main event, the richest race on the card is the 2017 Showcase Picnic Championship Final (1400m) worth a whopping $50,000.
The race has brought together a field of horses to be ridden exclusively by riders who compete on the picnic circuit.
Among them is Ricky Blewitt who has won the past two leading picnic jockey titles.
Blewitt will ride the 10year-old Double Halo who almost caused a massive boilover when third at $81 in the Dubbo Cup Prelude last time out.
Trainer Tim Martin has called on Greg Ryan to ride Mapmaker.