Saturday’s Shepparton Cup Preview

Saturday’s Shepparton Cup Preview

It will be a bumper night of harness racing at Shepparton this Saturday night as the Victorian club is ready to host the next series of feature pacing events, headlined by the $50 000 Group 2 Shepparton Cup.

A line up of the country’s top pacers are ready to do battle in the 2690m standing start event, which has become quite an open affair after a number of the leading contenders have drawn wide.

The highly fancied  Geoff Webster-trained Mister Swinger, dual winner of the Barastoc Grand Circuit, will start from barrier nine just on the outside of the other Grand Circuit champion lining up in the race, Power Of Tara (br.8).

Mister Swinger is one of two entries in the Shepparton Cup for Webster, the other being Tear It All Away, the son of Armbro Operative having drawn far better in barrier two.

Other talented runners starting wide include Tanabi Bromac (br.11) coming off a last-start win in the Horshamp Cup and Ohoka Nevada (br.10). Both starting 10m off on Saturday, these two also share another common factor; they are the only horses of the Shepparton Cup field guaranteed a start in the coveted $400 000 Group 1 BIG6 Hunter Cup.

The winner of the Shepparton Cup is exempt from ballot for the BIG6 Hunter Cup, and with a number of runners keen for the exemption, it will be a tough race.

Currently installed as the odds-on favourite, however, is in-form nine-year-old Karloo Mick who has had sensational success recently, winning three of his last five starts and coming second in the other two.

The ever consistent Panorama gelding still has a lot of work to do however as he starts from barrier 12 in only his second start in Victoria.

Trained by Barry Lew, Karloo Mick is one of the most popular pacers taking to the field on Saturday night and has received quite a following of fans over his imposing 116 career starts.

The other two highlight pacing events at the meeting will be the $25 000 Listed The Lombo Finals. The 2YO Fillies Lombo will run as race two at 7:00pm (VIC time), followed by 2YO Colts & Geldings Lombo Final as race eight at 10:00pm (VIC time).

And trotting fans will be eager to see race five at 8:30pm (VIC time), the $30 000 Group 2 Aldebaran Park E B Cochran Trotters Cup (2690m) featuring the likes of Sundons Gift, Acacia Ridge and In Pursuit.

You can catch the star pacers in action at 9:30pm (VIC time) when the Neatline Homes Shepparton Gold Cup, which is the 14th race in the 25-leg Choice Hotels Country Cups Carnival, takes place as race seven on the night’s elite nine-race programme.

Shepparton Race Programme – Saturday January 23, 2010:

Race #

Race Name

Distance

Prizemoney

Conditions

Time (VIC)

1 SHEPPARTON RETRAVISION PACE 2190m $7 000 C1 only 6:30pm
2 THE LOMBO 2YO FILLIES FINAL 1609m $25 000 2YO Fillies 7:00pm
3 ALAN ROWNEY MEMORIAL 3YO PACE FINAL 2190m $7 000 3C0 to 3C1 7:30pm
4 QUEST SERVICED APARTMENTS PACE 1690m $15 000 M0 only 8:03pm
5 GR.2 E B COCHRAN TROTTERS CUP 2690m $30 000 TM1 or better 8:30pm
6 KEVIN HICKS REAL ESTATE PACE 2190m $15 000 M1 to M2 9:02pm
7 GR.2 SHEPPARTON GOLD CUP 2690m $50 000 M0 or better 9:30pm
8 THE LOMBO 2YO C&G FINAL 1609m $25 000 2YO C&G 10:00pm
9 ALABAR BLOODSTOCK PACE 2190m $7 000 C1 only 10:30pm

2010 Shepparton Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

1 223s1
SHARDONS ROCKET (NZ)
G A Campbell Grant Campbell C8 M2
2 42223
TEAR IT ALL AWAY
G F Webster Criag Demmler C8 M2
3 23335
NOTASWETHORT (NZ)
G F Douglas Daryl Douglas C14 M5
4 4sa344
BROADWAY PLAY
S R McLean Chris Alford C11 M6
5 594s9
BALTIC ICE (EM.1)
G P Freeman Jodi Quinlan C8 M2
6 94836
CINCINNATI KID (NZ)
M Peace Mark Peace C16 M11
7 21372
JACKSON GRANT
I C Wilson Kerryn Manning C13 M6
8 22156
POWER OF TARA (NZ)
A L Peacock Nathan Jack C16 M11
9 4s200
MISTER SWINGER
G F Webster Geoff Webster C12 M7
10 19347
OHOKA NEVADA (NZ)
A L Peacock Damian Wilson C8 M4
11 35421
TANABI BROMAC
K P Cotchin Gavin Lang C9 M3
12 21211
KARLOO MICK
B J Lew Greg Bennett C26 M20
13 76814
I AM SAM
A R Tubbs Amy Tubbs C15 M10