Maitland Gold Cup 2017: Terry Priest hoping for home win

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13 Apr 2019

IF Wild Walter can’t give him a first group title in the Maitland Gold Cup (450 metres) on Thursday night, Sawyers Gullytrainer Terry Priest hopes Ando’s Mac can do it for the Hunter.
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Terry Priest with Old Spice and its connections after he broke the Maitland track record.

Long shot Wild Walter ($36) and Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay’s Melbourne Cup champion ($3.80) will carry Hunter hopes in the group 2 race.

“He’s the outsider and heshould be,” Priest said of Wild Walter. “He’sa young dog and we don’t think he’s even been under lights yet, so it’s a big step but he’s been ticking the boxes for us.

“Jason’s dog isbrilliant and always hard to beat.As long as himor I win it for the Hunter Valley, that would be great.” The race is at 9.40pm.

Priest entered the series with Maitland track record-holder Old Spice as his best chance but made the decider with Wild Walter’s victory.

Old Spice was fourth in his heat and will feature in the consolation race.

“Old Spice is going good,” Priest said.

“After he broke the record he had a few injuries, back muscle injuries, and he’s getting on with age.

“I missed a fair bit of work with him leading up to the series, which was unfortunate because it is the last time he will go inthe Gold Cup, but I think he’s a good chance in the consolation race.

“He still holds the track record there, which we are very proud of, and Wild Walter is from the same mother, out of the next litter,and we’re hoping when Old Spice retires Wild Walter is the dog that can carry it forward for us.”

“It’s all for the future with him, he’s got a lot of upside and he knows the track.He’ll benefit from it,he doesn’t know the other dogs are champions, and he’ll be having a crack.”

Wild Walter has drawn six for the final, where No.8 Aussie Infrared was the early favourite.

Priest saidAussie Infrared and Ando’s Mac, which was second in his heat and has box two for the $40,000-to-the-winner final, would be the toughest to beat.

“I’m pretty sure minewon’t be up near the lead, on sectionals,” he said.“I would have rather been boxed on the inside, but you never know with interferences. Anything can happen.”

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