The Coast Race Day will return to Gosford on Saturday 7 May 2022 with a massive 10-race programme, raced under metropolitan status. Taking top spot and returning for its 2nd year is the $500,000 ‘The Coast’, joined by the $250,000 Luux Properties & Reward Group Gosford Gold Cup, $150,000 De Bortoli Wines Takeover Target and now 7 supporting races, bringing the total prize pool to an enormous $1.8 million dollars!
|The Coast||1600M||3YO & 4YO Qty||$500,000||Bobs $38,500|
|Listed Gosford Gold Cup||2100M||3YO+||$250,000|
|Listed Takeover Target||1200M||3YO+||$200,000|
|Supporting x 5||$130,000|
Acceptances close 9am, Wednesday 4 May
The Coast, run over the mile made its debut in 2021 and was won by John Sargent trained Brandenburg, ridden by Regan Bayliss. Brandenburg continued his success placing third in the Doomben Cup shortly after, before a horrific accident in the G1 Winx Stakes saw the talented galloper sadly pass away. Taking minor placings were Chris Waller trained Nudge and Joseph Pride trained Brutality.
The Gosford Gold Cup, run over 2100m will be one of the highlight events on Gosford’s Standalone Saturday meeting, which has been relocated from its original January date. In 2020 the Listed race received a generous prizemoney increase from its original $150,000 to $250,000. In 2021 Chris Waller trained Polly Grey took home the win with Tommy Berry aboard. The New Zealand bred mare continued her winning form, taking out the Lord Mayors Cup at Rosehill in the weeks following. Kris Lees Aliferous took out second place and Polly Greys stablemate, Wu Gok in for third.
Aptly named after the victorious sprinting hero, the Listed Takeover Target is run over 1200m. In 2021 Kris Lees trained Enchanted Heart took the win with Jason Collett in the saddle. Although the Takeover Target was easily her most significant win, Enchanted Heart has gone on to have a very successful career earning close to $400,000 in winnings. Second place getter was Matthew Dunn trained Snitz, who won the Takeover Target in 2020 when Gosford’s standalone was relocated to Randwick due to the pandemic. Joseph Pride’s Easy Eddie rounded out the top three.
Gosford Racecourse has recently received an upgrade to the training facilities with a new all-weather Polytrack installed, and is currently undergoing significant upgrades to the irrigation.