Porter Memorial Pacing Preview

Porter Memorial Pacing Preview

Western Australia’s Gloucester Park is preparing to host the Porter Memorial race this Friday, August 13.  The Group 3 race was originally a $35,000 event, though was downgraded to a $16,500 pacing race open to M1 and M2-class pacers thanks to only six nominations being received.  Nevertheless, the field is stacked with talent and should prove to be a popular harness racing event.

Many pacing fans will have their eyes firmly set on Victorian pacer Partywiththedevil as the five-year-old Gary Hall-trained gelding is looking to take a fourth consecutive win.  Though the horse has been putting up some impressive performances, he was somewhat unlucky in drawing barrier nine. Be that as it may, keep in mind that the gelding came up with three wins last Friday after drawing barrier eight.  The consistently strong winner also counts the John Higgins Memorial among his recent wins as he surged to the front from barrier two to set a strong pace and take the win.

Though Partywiththedevil looks to be a shoe-in, he will be facing some stiff competition from The Final Word, particularly since the Morgan Woodley-driven gelding will be sitting just ahead in barrier seven.  The Final Word has steadily improved since being picked up by trainer Tony Svilicich last month, almost immediately taking two third place finishes.  These improved performances were followed up by a big first place finish last week that snapped a 27 race losing sequence.  The eight-year-old started from the outside barrier and raced wide before winning by more than a length over Death Adda at Gloucester Park.

If you’d like to back either or these horses, or put down a wager on any of the other horses in the field, bookmaker.com.au has you covered on the odds.  The Porter Memorial Group 3 race will take place this Friday night at Gloucester Park.  Here’s a look at how the entire field and barrier draw:

2010 Porter Memorial Field and Barrier Draw

No.

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

Hcp

1 76688
Nuclear Rose
DM Padberg Vane Stampalia C3 M1 FR1
2 03811
Sheer Dreams
WT Groves Chris Brew (C, cl) C14 M2 FR2
3 33753
Mister Hannible
WJH Horn Chris Lewis C9 M1 FR3
4 29405
Tai Tara NZ
MG Scott Chris Butt (C, cl) C10 M2 FR4
5 500s0
Stoke On Trent NZ
C Harding Glen Richards C10 M1 FR5
6 94905
Flamin Tact NZ
CA King Robbie Williams (C, cl) C8 M2 FR6
7 04331
The Final Word
T Svilicich Morgan Woodley C12 M1 FR7
8 71073
Mattnamaras Band NZ
PV Willis Greg Kersley C6 M2 FR8
9 23111
Partywiththedevil
GE Hall (Snr) Gary Hall (Jnr) C10 M2 FR9
Second Row
10 20603
Chazsalico
CD Brown Colin Brown C13 M1 SR1