Lane’s cup hopes ride with his money-spin­ner All But Gone

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORT -

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.

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