Mister Zion Wins Mildura Cup Beating Sammy Maguire & Make Mine Cullen

Mister Zion Wins Mildura Cup Beating Sammy Maguire & Make Mine Cullen

Talented four-year-old gelding Mister Zion claimed a thrilling win on Saturday night in the $50,000 Group 2 Mildura Pacing Cup Final (2600m) giving him another prestigious victory to add to his Barastoc Grand Circuit and South Australian Cup wins.

After sitting three wide early on, the Geoff Webster-trained Mister Zion ($3.10) had snared the lead by the bell and held on for the win despite a strong challenge by the Gavin Lang-trained and driven Sammy Maguire ($2.30 Fav) who finished second just a head back.

Impressive filly Make Mine Cullen ($3.70) was only 1.5m away for third in a close top three finish after leading in the early stages of the race and sitting on the inside for the sprint home.

It was a thrilling finish for the spectators and a nervous wait for connections of the top two horses with Mister Zion and Sammy Maguire locked shoulder-to-shoulder over the final lap.

Mister Zion and Sammy Maguire were locked shoulder-to-shoulder over the final lap

On the back straight Sammy Maguire raced on the outside of Mister Zion, driven by boom reinsman Greg Sugars, who got just ahead on the line giving him the win over the odds-on favourite. It was the second consecutive year Sammy Maguire ran second in the Mildura Cup.

A son of Red River Hanover, Mister Zion now boasts an impressive strike rate of 14 wins from 23 starts and his career prizemoney totals $197,347.

2010 Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup Results:

Place

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Br.

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
MISTER ZION (NZ)
$33,750 Fr5 G F Webster G R Sugars
2
SAMMY MAGUIRE (NZ)
$7,500 Sr2 G A Lang G Lang HEAD
3
MAKE MINE CULLEN
$5,000 Fr4 G F Douglas D K Douglas 1.50
4
THE GUNSTAR
$2,500 Fr6 D F Braun C A Alford 14.50
5
MASTER WARATAH
$1,250 Fr1 M Cirillo N L Milne 15.20
6
MYSTICAL WARRIOR
Fr2 G P Freeman D R Wilson 16.50
7
NO ENCORE
Sr4 S J O’Donoghue N A McCallum 20.80
8
JACKSON GRANT
Sr3 G F Douglas M J Bellman 22.80
9
IN MONACO (NZ)
Sr1 C L Wootton B R Gath 26.50
10
BUNDA CLIFFS (NZ)
Fr3 G F Douglas G F Douglas 33.80
Scratched:
DREAMING FELLA