Bradley setting up for Invercargill Cup assault
Central Districts jockey Darryl Bradley is compiling a strong list of rides for the Invercargill Gold Cup meeting on Saturday week.
Early engagements for Bradley are Elite Street ($25,000 The Southland Times Invercargill Gold Cup), Platinum Kingdom ($50,000 ILT Ascot Park Hotel Southland Guineas) and Sucre ($15,000 rating 85 1600m). He rode all three at the Dunedin Gold Cup meeting at Wingatui on Saturday.
Platinum Kingdom won the $50,000 Dunedin Guineas, Elite Street scored an easy win in a rating 75 2200m and Sucre had a few factors against her when 15th in the $75,000 White Robe Lodge Handicap.
Bradley said it was Sucre's first start in open company, she had a wide draw and might not have liked the firm track.
''Dropping back to her own grade (at Ascot Park) will be better.''
The horseman yesterday labelled Elite Street a ''strong'' chance in the Invercargill Gold Cup and had no doubts about her measuring up to stronger opposition.
''It was a huge run (on Saturday). She came from second last down the back straight, swooped around them on the turn and kept going.''
Elite Street scored by three lengths and stretched her winning sequence to three.
Ascot Park trainer and co-owner Murray Carter believes there is improvement in the Seasoned Star 5-year-old mare. After the Invercargill Cup, Elite Street will be turned out for a week before preparing for a 2000m open handicap at Ascot Park (March 17) and the $50,000 Riverton Cup (March 30).
Platinum Kingdom is the likely favourite for the Southland Guineas. He deserved his Dunedin Guineas success after an unlucky third in the Gore Guineas on January 19.
Thirteen years ago Bradley had a red-letter day at the Southland Racing Club's Cup meeting when winning the Cup (Uncle), open sprint (Beech Sky) and a $20,000 fillies race (Zaza).
Club president Sean Bellew is organising Bradley's ride for Saturday week. The next day Bradley rides Miss Isle in the Avondale Cup at Ellerslie.
- The Southland Times