Fawkner Park from Last to First in Wagga Wagga Gold Cup

Mark Smith - Friday 3 May

An ice-cold ride by Tyler Schiller saw the favourite Fawkner Park (IRE) come from last to land Friday's $200,000 Listed Lucas Road Sealing 2024 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup (2000m).

In similar fashion to his last start win in the Listed Albury Cup, the Annabel Neasham-trained son of Zoffany (IRE) came with a barnstorming finish to defeat the brave So You Think gelding Political Debate by three-quarters of a length with the Dansili gelding Taramansour back in third.

The Bennett Racing colour-bearer advances his record to seven wins, a second and third from 15 starts with earnings of $501,702. Brought up in Young, Tyler Schiller said winning before his family and friends was a thrill.

"I have won the Albury Cup twice, but to win the big one closer to home is unreal," Schiller said.

"Annabel wanted me to be a touch closer than I was, but he does not have a lot of speed nowadays, and I don't think it hinders him. He loves getting back and using his finish.

"I was a bit worried coming around the bend; we were a bit far off them, so I put him in the race at the 600m. He is so brave. He was all out at the 100m but found a half-head to get past Tommy, which felt good."

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