SEW Eurodrive Winter Cup Pacing Preview

SEW Eurodrive Winter Cup Pacing Preview

The Sky Racing Winter Carnival has entered its final week and will be capped off by the free for all 2010 Group 1 SEW Eurodrive Winter Cup on Saturday, July 24. It’s a chance for harness racing’s finest to compete for a shot at a very generous $100,000 purse.

The race has drawn a field packed with some of the finest pacers, and could possibly see a rematch between the big finishers of the Group 2 Sunshine Sprint. Mr Feelgood may have been the favourite before the draw, but an unlucky position has put the American horse in the second row behind consistently slow starter Min Min Lights. While the hindered position is bad news for the Sunshine Sprint winner, it’s likely to come as a relief for others as it evens out the field a bit.

Be Diligent in barrier 3, Rockets Reject in barrier 4, and Be Good Johnny in barrier 5 are all big contenders with their superior draw positions. Be Good Johnny stands a decent chance of crossing the line first, especially with main competitors Mr Feelgood and Tip Your Hat sitting in the second row. The Lola Weidemann-driven gelding has had three first place finishes this season, and took third in last week’s Sunshine Sprint. Though New Zealand’s Washakie could pose a decent threat as the speedster has seven first place finishes in 18 starts this season and stands a chance of taking an early lead from barrier seven.

It’s shaping up to be a fitting end to the winter harness racing season in Queensland. Entry is free and the Winter Cup scores up at 9:09pm on Saturday night.

2010 SEW Eurodrive Winter Cup Field & Barrier Draw:







1 11114
Min Min Lights
IC Wilson Jim Douglass (C) C14 M6
2 41310
Rohan Home
PRJ Fitzpatrick Gavin Fitzpatrick C13 M6
3 13116
Be Diligent
CEM Martin Lola Weidemann C24 M7
4 11447
Rockets Reject
IC Wilson Jim Douglass C15 M5
5 16223
Be Good Johnny
JP McCarthy Shane Graham C29 M23
6 22376
Fidel Castro NZ
GM Bond Ray Law (C) C10 M2
7 8s215
Washakie NZ
JP McCarthy John McCarthy C23 M16
Second Row
8 31111
Mr Feelgood USA
LA McCarthy Luke McCarthy C27 M22
9 35208
Smarty Jones
GM Bond Gary Bond C13 M5
10 55459
Destreos NZ
KL Rattray C25 M8
11 1s522
Tip Your Hat
CEM Martin Rob Martin C21 M14