SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Final Field & Preview

SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Final Field & Preview

This Friday night Tabcorp Park, Victoria is set to host the next major race on the Australian pacing calendar and the next leg of the Barastoc Grand Circuit Series, the prestigious $400 000 Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup.

Run for the first time at the Melton venue, the Victoria Cup is made up of a quality field of pacers including last year’s winner Melpark Major. Melpark Major blew away the competition in 2008 breaking the track record and is back again to defend his title this year.

The competition will be tough as the reigning champ will come up against stars like Miracle Mile winner Monkey King from New Zealand and the American import boasting an Inter Dominion win under his belt, Mr Feelgood. Monkey King will have to overcome the wide barrier of 13 while Mr Feelgood drew ideally with barrier two.

Other headlining hopefuls to give Melpark Major a run for his money include record-holder for the most Australasian prizemoney earned Blacks A Fake, the locally trained hero Smoken Up and fresh from a win in the Treuer Memorial last Saturday night, Washakie. Smoken Up will have the advantage of the inside running after drawing barrier one.

Bold Cruiser earned his start in the Victoria Cup after claiming victory in the Popular Alm Free-For-All last week by protest while Cranbourne Cup winner Bettors Strike is another starting after a ballot-exempt victory.

The other feature pacing event on the night is the $40 000 Group 3 MHRC Victoria Sires Classic scheduled as race five, while the big trotting event and other Group 1 race feature is the $50 000 Aldebaran Park Stud Bill Collins Trotters Sprint (race six).

The SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup will run as race eight on the night’s elite 10-event programme and is due to start at 9:40pm (VIC).

Tabcorp Park Race Programme Friday December 11:

Race # Race Name Prizemoney Distance Class Time (VIC)
1 Tabcorp Park Melton Pace $15 000 2240m M1 to M2 6:05pm
2 SEW-Eurodrive Industrial Automation Pace $15 000 2240m M0 to M1 6:40pm
3 BIG6 Pace $15 000 1720m M0 only 7:10pm
4 SEW-Eurodrive Driving The Future Pacers Hcp. $15 000 2240m M0 or better 7:40pm
5 MHRC Victoria Sires Classic (Group 3) $40 000 2240m 8:10pm
6 Bill Collins Trotters Sprint (Group 1) $50 000 1720m TM0 or better 8:40pm
7 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Consolation $20 000 2240m M0 or better 9:10pm
8 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup (Group 1) $400 000 2240m M0 or better 9:40pm
9 SEW-Eurodrive 24 Hour Service Claiming Pace $8 000 2240m 10:10pm
10 SEW-Eurodrive Driving the World 4YO Trot $8 000 2240m T1 to T4 10:40pm

2009 SEW-Eurodrive Victoria Cup Final Field:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Other Engagement

Driver

Class

1 12132
SMOKEN UP (NZ)
L J Justice Lance Justice C25 M20
2 57042
MR FEELGOOD (USA)
T G Butt Anthony Butt C21 M16
3 11117
BLACKS A FAKE
N C Rasmussen Natalie Rasmussen C42 M34
4 63194
CINCINNATI KID (NZ)
M Peace Mark Peace C16 M11
5 21215
MELPARK MAJOR
A R Tubbs Amy Tubbs C17 M12
6 42843
BE GOOD JOHNNY
J P McCarthy John McCarthy C27 M22
7 10361
WASHAKIE (NZ)
J P McCarthy John McCarthy C18 M13
Second Row:
8 111s0
MAFFIOSO (Emergency 1)
PW Tonkin Tabpark 11/12/2009 Chris Alford C13 M7
9 41621
BETTORS STRIKE (NZ)
C T Dalgety Dexter Dunn C11 M3
10 82471
BOLD CRUISER (NZ)
G F Douglas Daryl Douglas C17 M12
11 22425
CANT BLUFF ME
I C Wilson Jim Douglass C12 M5
12 11212
OHOKA NEVADA (NZ)
A L Peacock Damian Wilson C8 M4
13 12111
MONKEY KING (NZ)
B R Hill Ricky May C22 M16