Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Cup Attracts Top Fields

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Cup Attracts Top Fields

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THIS year may finally see Gympie galloper Leverage breaking through for a well-deserved win in Gympie's major race, the Action Auto Group Gympie Cup. The Kerry Munce-trained veteran has been placed in the last two Gympie Cups as well as the other major trophy races here in the RSL and Muster Cups. The well-bred eight-year-old Commands Influence was beaten by a neck in last year's Gympie Cup behind Try Some Magic after coming from last at the 400m. He had earlier been third to Craiglea Warrior in the postponed 2007 Gympie Cup run last February over 1150m.

Leverage, who won the 1465m Wondai Cup last year prior to his Gympie Cup placing, will again go into the Cup as a last start Wondai winner, having scored over 1000m there last Saturday.

A half-brother to Doomben Ten Thousand winner, Undue, a winner of over $1.1 million on the track, Leverage has been given a solid preparation by trainer, Kerry Munce for Saturday's 1600m Cup and should be ready to run a great race.

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In the previous 20 runnings of the Gympie Cup only four Gympie-trained gallopers had won the trophy (Coastal Champ, Alan Grady: Blackie Boy, Jock O'Connell: Balmore, Ray Kernick, and Face It, Kaye Hill) before the tide turned with Craiglea Warrior.

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Gympie stables again appear to have excellent chances in the $15,000 Cup. The Gill stable has Muster Cup winner, Nevada Gambler and last week's Wondai Cup winner, Red Roller with strong chances in the race.

Trainer Steven Thomas has Mulga Bob engaged who is coming off some good provincial efforts recently.

Last year, Try Some Magic (P Fleming, Alannah Badger) won from Leverage (K Munce, M Okada), Crique (S Thomas, J Kropp) and Seekawinner (B Gill, Desiree Gill) to give the locals a clean sweep of the Cup prize money.

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Visitors contesting the Cup this year include Brisbane winner Snow Destiny who was only 3/4 of a length from winner Heart of the Citi when fourth over 1400m at Eagle Farm recently and earlier had won on the sand at Bundaberg over 1090m. …

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