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McWicked springs upset in Gold Cup
Saturday, June 17, 2017 - by Mark McKelvie, WEG Communications

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Cambellville, ON --- Sitting off a fast pace, McWicked rode cover and pounced on pacesetter Nirvana Seelster in the stretch to win the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational in 1:48.2 on the undercard of the Pepsi North America Cup Saturday (June 17).

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McWicked wins his second consecutive race since returning to Canada.

Driver David Miller floated McWicked off the gate to get away fifth while Nirvana Seelster battled with Dr J Hanover through a :25.4 first quarter, with Great Vintage getting away behind them in third. Yielding for the pocket, Nirvana Seelster soon pulled to the outside to retake the lead from Dr J Hanover before the half, with McWicked grabbing cover from Dealt A Winner pacing fourth in a :54.2 half.

Nirvana Seelster maintained control circling the final turn. Dealt A Winner crept closer to be third wide of pocket-sitter Dr J Hanover, carrying McWicked to be second over and to the outside of Great Vintage pacing fourth. After a third-quarter of 1:22, Miller swung McWicked around his faltering cover and pursued Nirvana Seelster, who held the lead until the final hundred yards when McWicked edged past and advanced to a half-length win over Nirvana Seelster, Great Vintage, and Shamballa, who rallied up the rail for fourth.

Competing for owner S S G Stables, McWicked, a 6-year-old horse by Mcardle from the Western Ideal mare Western Sahara, scored his 20th win in 59 tries, pushing his career earnings to C$1,928,866.

Trained by Casie Coleman, McWicked returned $4.90 to win.

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