All American mare wins Gundagai Cup

American Time has earned herself a place in the Wagga Gold Cup field after taking out the Gundagai Cup (1800m) on Sunday.

However Canberra trainer Gratz Vella hasn’t locked in an appearance in the $160,000 feature for the mare just yet.

The distance is his main concern, with the 2000 metres a bit query, but admitted he’s definitely tempted now that she’s exempt from the ballot on May 4.

“To me 2000 metres is not her caper, she likes 1600, 1800, maybe 2000, but we might have a challenge,” Vella said.

After winning the Wellington Cup last season, Vella considered going back to try and make it two in a row.

However he turned down the chance to run in the $100,000 race on Sunday for the $30,000 one at Gundagai.

Vella thought it was a more winnable race.

“I could have gone to Wellington to defend my title from last year but I said to the owners “no, we are going to Gundagai as I think I can win at Gundagai,” he said.

His prediction turned out to be right on the money.

After settling near last, American Time ($13) stormed past to her rivals to claim a narrow win over Hirokin ($10) with Willy White Socks ($) third for Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland.

The mare has now won two of her last four starts after tasting success at Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

While pleased with the mare’s effort, Vella was impressed by Shaun Guymer’s ride.

“I said to Shaun ‘if you that she is gone just give her a dig and she will kick again and that is what he did,” he said.