Mister Zion Wins SA Pacing Cup

Mister Zion Wins SA Pacing Cup

Saturday night was a monster night at Globe Derby with two elite pacing features taking place, the  highlight of which was the $100 000 Group 1 SA Pacing Cup where the talented four-year-old Mister Zion reigned supreme.

The Geoff Webster-trained and driven Mister Zion ($7.80) beat the warm favourite and 2008 SA Cup winner Smoken Up ($1.30) by just a half-neck, with Greg Norman’s Ti Vogliobene ($3.20) in third, giving the winning trainer back-to-back success in the race following his victory last year with Mister Swinger.

The Red River Hanover gelding ran a mile rate of 1:58.7 over the testing 2645m mobile start feature in an impressive all-the-way victory for his maiden Group 1 win at only his 19th career start. Mister Zion has now won six of his eight starts this season, the last three in succession.

But there was little love lost for runner-up Smoken Up, trained by top horseman Lance Justice, who fought hard throughout a horribly unlucky run, coming from second-last, three wide without cover, to challenge the lead in the closing lap.

2010 SA Pacing Cup Results:

Placing

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Barrier

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
MISTER ZION (NZ)
$66 732 Fr2 G F Webster G F Webster
2
SMOKEN UP (NZ)
$13 944 Sr2 L J Justice L J Justice HFNK
3
TI VOGLIOBENE
$8 964 Sr1 G R Norman G R Sugars 3.20
4
LONGTAN SAFARI
$3 984 Fr1 J D Kingston-Mayne M B Billinger 5.60
5
ARTIFACTOR
$966 Fr3 B P Hancock M J Reese 5.70
6
CINCINNATI KID (NZ)
$966 Fr5 M Peace M Peace 6.20
7
IM FULL OF FIRE (NZ)
$966 Sr4 I J Frost P A Cavallaro 12.50
8
DIAMONDS N FURS (NZ)
$966 Fr6 A P Gath K M Gath 12.80
9
BALTIC ICE
$966 Fr4 G P Freeman C A Alford 12.80
10
STACCATO
$966 Sr3 S J O’Donoghue D K Harding 27.70