Leading Australian trained Free-For-All trotter Gold N Gold is a surprise runner at the 2003 Rowe Cup Carnival at Alexandra Park, Auckland.
Much was expected from Gold N Gold at the 2003 Christchurch Inter Dominion Series at Addington Raceway, but the gelding failed to deliver.
On the final night of the three-week series Gold N Gold and trainer-driver Michael Marais registered a staggering staying performance to win the $25,000 Inter Dominion Trotters Consolation.
Marais then decided to send the former New Zealand trotter by horse transporter from Christchurch to Auckland for an assault on the Rowe Cup Carnival.
Gold N Gold will be stabled with up and coming Pukekohe-based trainer-driver James Stormont during the Rowe Cup Carnival.
“Gold N Gold arrived up at my property yesterday (Monday) and Michael (Marais) arrives over from Sydney next Tuesday,” said Stormont.
“Michael (Marais) has been in contact with me regarding how he wants Gold N Gold trained and what type of feed to give the horse.
“I thought Gold N Gold trotted superbly in the Inter Dominion Consolation and if he carries that form forward to Auckland he’ll be tough to beat.
“One advantage this horse does have is the fact that he’s raced previously at Auckland and should have no problems trotting right handed.”
The $30,000 City Of Sails Free-For-All, a 2200 metre standing start event, will be held at Alexandra Park on Thursday, April 24.
Just over a week later, Friday May 2, the $100,000 (Group One, 3200 metre standing start) Rowe Cup will be held at Alexandra Park.
Gold N Gold will be on the front mark in this event while Take A Moment, who has won six Grand Circuit events in Australasia this season, will be off the backmack of 15 metres.