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Stampede wins the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup

Stampede has led all the way under apprentice Rachel King to win the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

The four-year-old held off the Chris Waller-trained Life Less Ordinary by half a length with the Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Cool Chap another 2-3/4 lengths away in Friday’s 2000m-feature on the second day of the carnival in the NSW Riverina.

It was the second Gold Cup for Waterhouse and Bott in less than a week with Fabrizio winning last Saturday’s Hawkesbury feature in similar fashion.

King will get the chance to win another 2000m-Listed race at Rosehill on Saturday when she rides the Kris Lees-trained Slow Pace in the Lord Mayors Cup at Rosehill.

King, who is indentured to Waterhouse and Bott, said it was a thrill to win the Cup on her first visit to Wagga Wagga.

“He is a beautiful horse. He has a lot of ability,” King told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“I could hear them coming but he could as well.

“It is by biggest win for the stable.”

Earlier the Freedman-trained Exocet took out the Guineas (1600m).

She gave the Freedman brothers three winners from three runners at the carnival before Cool Chap’s third with two-year-old Grandioso winning on the first day along with Santa Ana Lane in the Town Plate.

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