Friday Night’s Australian Pacing Championship Preview

Friday Night’s Australian Pacing Championship Preview

It is a massive weekend on the Australian pacing calendar, which kicks off on Friday night at Gloucester Park with two group features, the $50 000 Group 2 WA Nights of Thunder Final (1730m) followed by the prestigious $125 000 Group 1 Find Thirty Everyday Australian Pacing Championship (2130m).

Master trainer Gary Hall Snr. has four of his pacers and a fifth as the second emergency engaged in the esteemed event on Friday night. Of the group, Alzona and hot favourite Im Themightyquinn both drew ideally with barriers one and four respectively. Hall’s son Gary is set to drive five-year-old New Zealand bred Im Themightyquinn as the father son training duo, the most successful in the race’s history, attempt their sixth win in eight years.

Hall’s other runners are Indian Giver (br.8), Talk to Me Courage (br.10) and Spirit Of Shard (Em.2/br.14).

The Hall contingent are sure to see some strong competition from the in-form Schinzig Buller in barrier six, the Ryan Bell-trained runner wining three and placing second twice in their past five starts. Another strong contender is the Greg Bond-trained Report For Duty, ideally drawn in barrier two.

But it is seven-year-old Has The Answers (br.5) who will bring the strongest challenge, due to be driven by top reinsman Chris Lewis following trainer Tony Svilichich’s decision to replace the outstanding young driver Morgan Woodley with Lewis for Friday night.

The WA Nights of Thunder Final is scheduled as race six (8:17pm) on the bumper 10-race card for Friday night, followed by the headline event, the Australian Pacing Championship (race seven at 8:47pm).

Gloucester Park Race Programme – Friday Night January 8:

Race #

Race Name

Prizemoney

Distance

Class

Time

1 FIND NEW ENERGY CLAIMING PACE $8 000 1730m 5:50pm
2 FIND BETTER HEALTH 3YO MS PACE $16 000 1730m 3C0 or Better 6:20pm
3 FIND NEW FRIENDS MS PACE $16 500 2130m M0 Only 6:50pm
4 FIND THIRTY AND FEEL GREAT F&M MS PACE $16 500 2130m M0 – M2 F&M 7:20pm
5 WA NIGHTS OF THUNDER CONSOLATION $16 500 1730m M0 – M3 7:50pm
6 WA NIGHTS OF THUNDER FINAL $50 000 1730m M0 – M3 8:17pm
7 AUSTRALIAN PACING CHAMPIONSHIP $125 000 2130m 8:47pm
8 AUSTRALIAN PACING CHAMPIONSHIP CONS. $20 500 2130m 9:17pm
9 TABFORM CONDITIONED SS PACE $16 500 2503m M0 or Better 9:47pm
10 FIND A BETTER YOU CONDITIONED SS PACE $16 500 2503m M0 or Better 10:17pm

2010 Australian Pacing Championship Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Other Engagement

Driver

Class

1 43251
ALZONA
G E Hall Snr. Shayne Cramp C15 M6
2 32032
REPORT FOR DUTY (NZ)
G F J Bond Colin Brown C12 M7
3 3s162
HY ROYALE
K Schreyvogel Chris Brew C13 M6
4 s2161
IM THEMIGHTYQUINN (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Gary Hall Jnr. C16 M11
5 11312
HAS THE ANSWERS
T Svilicich Chris Lewis C23 M9
6 12121
SCHINZIG BULLER
R P Bell Ryan Bell C9 M3
7 40443
SNEAKYN DOWN UNDER (NZ)
D W Duffy Greg Kersley C17 M10
8 51974
INDIAN GIVER (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Justin Prentice C15 M8
9 23251
OUR MALABAR (NZ)
R J Mellsop Bob Mellsop C15 M9
Second Row:
10 266s2
TALK TO ME COURAGE (NZ)
G E Hall Snr. Kim Prentice C15 M6
11 15s32
TEE PEE VILLAGE (NZ)
J R Graham Kade Howson C17 M10
12 16169
BONAVISTA BAY
M G Reed Mark Reed C11 M5
13 16214
MISTER VEEJAYS FELLA (NZ) Em.1
S A Bond Gloucester Park 8/1/10 C15 M4
14 028s4
SPIRIT OF SHARD (NZ) Em.2
G E Hall Snr. Gloucester Park 8/1/10 C21 M9