Gosforth Park Cup Analysis [FREE Tip Inside]
Friday 28 June (18:35BST) is when Newcastle Racecourse stages its 2019 Gosforth Park Cup Night Meeting and the Betfair Exchange Gosforth Park Cup (6.35pm) is the famous five-furlong sprint after which the meeting is named after.
Like all famous races run at Newcastle, the race used to be run on turf but since 2016 is has been part of Newcastle’s all-weather flat season. Check out our trends, runner-by-runner guide, and free tips for the 2019 Gosforth Park Cup.
Gosforth Park Cup Three-Year-Trends
The three winners since the race moved on to the all-weather Tapeta track have been aged four, five, and seven, and have been rated 85, 93, and 100. Despite ratings varying by 15lb, weights carried have ranged between just 9-2 and 9-8. In fields of 13, 12, and 14 runners, the winners have been drawn in stalls 1, 10, and 7.
All three winners had run between 10 and 20 days earlier, with two winning their previous race and the other finishing sixth in it. Winners have been returned at odds of 9/4, 8/1, and 9/1.
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Gosforth Park Cup 2019 Runner-By-Runner Guide
Won last year’s edition off a mark of 93 and he is now rated 105 after three wins since. The last of those wins came off a mark of 100 but he ran third off this mark at York before finding the Epsom Dash a step too far. Unlikely to be far away but may find something better handicapped.
Well beaten in the 2016 edition of this race off a mark of 96 and only beat a rival rated 14lb lower by a neck off level-weights when winning a conditions race on his only other start here. However, he’s now 1lb lower than his highest winning handicap mark and a useful 5lb claimer reduced his burden even more.
Beat Copper Knight at Chester earlier in the season and is now 1lb better off. However, he was beaten 2¾ lengths off level-weights off level-weights by Encore D’or on his only previous run over course and distance and is worse off at today’s weights, taking into account that rival’s 5lb claim.
Currently 2lb higher than his last winning mark and his last win off a 4lb lower mark came over six furlongs. Has won plenty of races on the all-weather but his wins here have also come over longer trips.
Ran in last-year’s-race and is much better off with at the weights with Copper Knight this year. However, he remains 7lb above his last winning mark, and is also held by Foolaad on previous meetings. He also needs to overcome an eight-month break but has won first time out before.
Was in fine form last year when his turf mark shot up from 89 to 108 and he’s run creditably in group and listed races on his last two starts. Returns to the all-weather off a handy looking mark of 97 if he can translate his improved turf form to Tapeta, for a trainer than won the 2017 edition.
Gone up 16lb for finishing 1/2/1 on his three starts this season but, as his worst run of last season came on his only run on the all-weather, he may struggle to continue that progression on today’s surface.
Has won three times at Southwell in the last few months but two runs in that period over today’s course and distance weren’t as good, and he’s now rated much higher.
Most of his wins have come in lower-class races over six furlongs, and he’s still 2lb above his highest winning mark. Tough ask.
Blue De Vega
Is now 2lb lower than his last winning mark but that success in a class 2 handicap at Ascot is his only success from his 24 starts for his current trainer. Has claims on his third in the Epson Dash but this course looked to tax his stamina on his only previous try here.
Consistent type who has won twice already this season in class 3 and 4 races, but class two has proved beyond her so far.
Eeh Bah Gum
Won first venture into class 2 handicaps but has been beaten off higher marks since. Should be a similar story here unless his first visit to Newcastle brings about some improvement.
Line Of Reason
Finished third off 102 on his first visit to Newcastle and won the 2017 edition of this race off 100, whilst his last win came off a mark off 91. He’s now aged nine but a return to this track off a mark of 88 suggests this could be his best chance of a win for a while.
Fool For You
Last win came in a class 3 and he’s been struggling in class 2 races since off marks similar to today’s.
Gosforth Park Cup 2019 Summary
As ever, the 2019 Gosforth Park Cup is a typically tight handicap in which plenty of horses would have chances if returning to their best. Encor D’Or looks to be well-handicapped on some of his old form and his 5lb claimer got his eye on him last time. Line Of Reason also has at least each-way claims on his past form at the track and was in good form at this time last year.
However, trainer Paul Midgley looks to potentially have an even better-handicapped horses in Tarboosh who, having run third in a Listed Race last time, finds himself on an 11lb lower mark on the all-weather. He’s also a nice stats-fit, as he carries 9-4, has a middle-draw, ran 20 days ago, and is a single-figure price.
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Tarboosh (Each-Way) @ 7.50 Ladbrokes, Marathon
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