Gilded Venom rounds out Perth summer carnival
Star galloper Gilded Venom completed his Perth summer carnival commitments on a winning note when he took his earnings past the $1 million mark at Ascot on Wednesday.
Confirming his status as West Australia’s latest pin-up horse, Gilded Venom was too strong for his weight-for-age rivals in the $250,000 Group Two C B Cox Stakes (2100m).
The victory completed a stellar carnival for the five-year-old’s trainer Steve Wallace and jockey Pat Carbery.
In five runs since early last month Gilded Venom has won three races, including the Group One Railway Stakes.
He put the seal on his emergence with an emphatic Cox victory as he held off Victorian-trained gallopers Annenkov and The Fuzz.
Despite the win, which catapulted his stakes over $1.13 million, Gilded Venom is unlikely to take his place in next month’s Perth Cup.
However runner-up Annenkov and third placegetter The Fuzz will press on towards the January 1 feature.
Annenkov ($5) followed Gilded Venom throughout the race before being beaten just under a length while The Fuzz turned in an outstanding Perth Cup trial.
Sitting three-wide without cover for the entire race, The Fuzz ($6.50) rallied late to grab the minor placing – a further length away.
Gilded Venom was clearly the best-backed runner, firming from $3.10 to start a clear favourite at $2.80.
Pacesetter Mission Critical wound up fourth with Mikaldico coming from last to finish fifth.
Among the also-rans was Railings. The 2005 Caulfield Cup winner finished second last.