Kurt Goldman’s Irish Songs looks to turn the tables on Art Cadeau in Goulburn Cup

Irish Songs. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Local-trainer Kurt Goldman believes Irish Songs has every chance of turning the tables on The Kosciuszko hero Art Cadeau when the pair face off again in Sunday’s $200,000 Goulburn Cup (1400m).

The last time Art Cadeau and Irish Songs came face-to-face was in the $1.3 million country-only event on Everest Day, where the heavily backed Art Cadeau enjoyed a gun run behind the leader before the perfect gap appeared for Tommy Berry to roll into the clear and send punters on track into a frenzy.

However, many who backed Art Cadeau would not have noticed the performance of Irish Songs, who made a wide sustained run from the rear of the field to surge into fourth place, while just peaking late. It is that performance that has Goldman confident he has the horse to end Art Cadeau’s winning streak.

“If you reverse the runs in the Kosciuszko, you probably have a different story,” Goldman said.

“If we had the run that Art Cadeu had – taking nothing away from him – he had the dream run.

“With a bit of luck at his last two starts we could be talking about a horse that has beaten April Rain and Quantico and then also maybe won the Kosciuszko. 

“A bit of luck and it could have been Irish Songs going around at $4 in this race, not Art Cadeau.”

Goldman respects that Art Cadeau is going for five straight victories but believes it is his gelding that brings the superior form lines, pointing to the fact that the Terry Robinson-trained galloper is yet to test himself against the best. 

“Art Cadeau has never raced out of country grade,” Goldman said.

“Although my bloke hasn’t won for a while, he’s been in first grade for some time and Art Cadeau is having his first run out of under 18s. 

“He’s (Irish Songs) been running in some Listed races in Melbourne, he’s won a Wagga Town Plate, an open sprint, so he is hard and fast. 

“You go back through Art Cadeau’s form and his last five starts, in country grade races, he’s drawn well to get the right run; he’s drawn anywhere from barrier 4 inwards.

“When you have a horse like him, that is on speed and likes to win races, it’s been the perfect scenario. 

“Barrier 11 and the top weight just might be his undoing. 

“He also doesn’t have his regular rider. Jeff Penza can obviously ride but Tommy Berry has formed a very good association with the horse. 

“I’d rather be in my position than Terry’s come Sunday.”

Irish Songs gets a 5kg weight swing in his favour in the feature from last start, with Art Cadeau set to carry 59.5kg from barrier 11.

Goldman is yet to win a Goulburn Cup but believes it would be a fitting result for some loyal owners. 

“It would be great to win the hometown cup, mostly for the owner Alan Cardy,” he said.

“He puts a lot of money into racing and has a beautiful property here at Goulburn where we train the horses out of. I think it’s our best chance of winning the cup for him.

“I’m betting it would be a good party afterwards as well!

“I think I’ve only had runners once in the Goulburn Cup before. I had three runners about four years ago and they ran second, third and fourth and Waller knocked me off!”

Goldman has put his faith in jockey Mitchell Bell for the ride from barrier 9, a selection which he believes could be the perfect for a somewhat difficult horse.

“Mitchell Bell going on is going to be a great asset, he has great hands and I’ve had a lot of luck with him previously,” Goldman said. 

“He’s a horse who I think Mitch should be able to get to settle and if he does get a smooth run throughout the race then he’ll be finishing off the strongest out of everyone.

“We tinkered with a bit of gear and put the Norton Bit on him, just after he got a bit keen for Kerrin McEvoy the other day and he has responded to it very well in his work. 

“He has a couple of different personalities, and you never really know what you are going to get until the gates open, he can be slow away or get keen, which is why Bell’s booking is going to be key.

“I quite like the look of the race on Sunday for him.”

Goldman indicated win, lose or draw in the feature, a trip south of the border for black-type racing at Flemington will be the six-year-olds next assignment.

Irish Songs is currently a $13 chance, while Art Cadeau is $4.40 to extend his winning streak to five.

The Goulburn Cup is the final event on the 8-race-card and jumps at 5.35pm.

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