Experienced Perth trainer Frank Maynard believes Gold Broker is primed to defy racing history in the $70,000 Esperance Cup (2020m) on Saturday.
Gold Broker can emulate Special Jester who since the race was first staged in 1977 is the only horse to win successive Esperance Cups.
Gold Broker returns to defend his crown after leading all-the-way and defeating Rive Gauche by one length last year.
Sticking to a formula that proved highly effective 12-months back, Maynard has given the son of Saxon two runs back from a spell.
Against good company at Ascot he made solid ground from the rear when fourth to Don’tgetcaught before a fighting fifth behind Shalo.
He was afforded no favours when trapped wide and after finding the front he did well to box on and finish close-up behind a form horse.
Maynard said he took a lot confidence out of the performance and believes Gold Broker is working as well if not better than last year.
“He was caught wide with no cover and finished only 1 ¼ lengths from the winner,” said Maynard.
“He is going every bit as good as last year if not better.
“I couldn’t be happier with his preparation.
“He is no superstar but very honest.
“He doesn’t stop and just keeps going.”
Gold Broker has a record of three wins from 31 starts and six minor placings.
He ran fourth behind Mystic Prince in the WA Derby (2400m) for Dan Morton.
After winning last year’s Esperance Cup he was placed second in the Geraldton Cup (2100m) and third in the Narrogin Cup (1900m).
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