Friday’s Christmas Gift Pace Preview

Friday’s Christmas Gift Pace Preview

This Friday night Gloucester Park is set to get into the festive spirit with a cracker race line-up that includes the $35 000 Retravision Christmas Gift Final (2130m).

It will be a tense and exciting affair as an elite field of pacing champions are set to start including the Pat Keating-trained Lombo Crusader and The Cavalier. These two popular runners will both have a lot of work to do to secure the title, however, after drawing poorly with barriers nine and eight respectively.  Despite the wide draw, Lombo Crusader is still expected to start as the odds-on favourite after his impressive heat win.

Top trainer Gary Hall is looking for victory with one of three entered horses after failing to place last year with four runners. But Hall has a stellar record in the Christmas Gift having won with Nixons Creed (1993), Satineeze (1997), Alioop (2204) and McRaes Mate (2007). If he take it out again on Friday night he will become the most successful trainer in the Christmas Gift’s 47-year history.

This year Hall will be represented by Hussy Hoffa (br.4), Mattnamaras Band (br.6) and Tai Tara (br.12). Of the three, five-year-old Hussy Hoffa to be driven by Kim Prentice looks his strongest chance after pulling up best in the barrier draw.

Another runner to watch is the in-form and super consistent Our Gent who has also drawn well with barrier two.

The Retravision Christmas Gift Final is scheduled as race seven on the night’s bumper 10 race programme and will start at 8:47pm (WA time).

2009 Christmas Gift Pace Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

Other Eng.

1 21021
ISLAND REEF (NZ)
R M Jose Morgan Woodley C6 M1
2 12122
OR GENT
I K Davie Kyle Condipodero C5 M1
3 64s94
ZERO FIVE
S M McLennan Justin Prentice C5 M1
4 61331
HUSSY HOFFA (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Kim Prentice C8 M2
5 93553
CONTE CENTOVALLI (NZ)
R J Mellsop Bob Mellsop C10 M2
6 30442
MATTNAMARAS BAND (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Shayne Cramp C6 M2
7 12734
HURRICANE ANVIL (NZ)
M G Reed Callan Suvaljko C7 M1
8 s1224
THE CAVALIER (NZ)
R J Huston Shannon Suvaljko C8 M3
9 63011
LOMBO CRUSADER
P M Keating Brad Stampalia C7 M2
Second Row:
10 41212
SCHINZIG BULLEr
R P Bell Ryan Bell C8 M2
11 98363
FRANCO TINMAN (NZ)
D M Padberg Chris Lewis C8 M1
12 01113
TAI TARA (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Gary Hall Jnr. C8 M2
13 48525
VILLAGE STEEL (EM.1)
C W Joss Vance Stampalia C9 M3 Gloucester Park 18/12/09
14 45435
SMOOTH SHIFT (EM.1)
G E Hall Snr. C8 M3 Gloucester Park 18/12/09