Pacing Preview: Media Guild Cup

Pacing Preview: Media Guild Cup

This Friday Night, September 10, will see the Media Guild Cup pacing event run at Gloucester Park. Open to M3 or better contenders, this race is run over 2,103 metres and carries a purse worth a very generous $17,500.

Plenty of harness racing fans (and punters) will be eagerly awaiting the race as it will be another appearance by the all-dominating Has The Answers. Not only that, but driver Chris Lewis is seeking his fifth Media Guild Cup title. The master reinsman drove Village Kid to Media Guild Cup victory in 1987 and 1991. He followed it up with a win with Paly (2002) and No Blue Manna (2007). A fifth title is likely in the cards for this experienced driver as there doesn’t seem to be another pacer out there that can keep up with the blistering speed of Has The Answers.

The brown gelding will be going into this race as the odds on favourite to win, and it’s no wonder as he has developed a reputation for being quick out of the gate as well as a strong stayer that normally controls the pace. Has The Answers has one win in one start this season as he came in first place in the New Seasons Pace just a week ago. He finished a full 5m over second place Motu Treasure. Punters interested in taking a stab at this year’s Media Guild Cup would be crazy not to back this horse for the win. He will be starting from barrier number six.

Stable mate Mysta Magical Mach is once again being touted as the only horse that could possible keep up with Has The Answers. The Tony Svilicich-trained horse also has a knack for starting strong and developing strong speed through the race. In fact, the bay gelding placed third in the New Seasons Pace and second (behind Has The Answers) in last season’s Spring Stakes. The Media Guild Cup should see another top effort from the pacing contender.

Other horses that are expected to do well include Gary Bromac (barrier two), Sheer Royalty (barrier eight), and Albert Jaccka (barrier five).

The Media Guild Cup will be race number seven on the night’s card, starting at 8:50pm. Be sure to get to to check out all the available odds on this and all of the pacing events going on at Gloucester Park this Friday night.

2010 Media Guild Cup Field & Barrier Draw:

No. Form Horse Trainer Driver Class Hcp
1 32285 Touch Me Toes KT Charles Grant Williams C16 M4 FR1
2 36601 Gary Bromac NZ RA Olivieri Christopher Voak (C) C13 M3 FR2
3 9s188 Spiritwithin PJ Fletcher Also Cortopassi C11 M3 FR3
4 82945 Hy Royale K Schreyvogel Trevor Warwick C11 M4 FR4
5 211s1 Albert Jaccka GE Hall (Snr) Gary Hall (Jnr) C13 M6 FR5
6 12211 Has The Answers T Svilicich Chris Lewis C44 M26 FR6
7 s4070 Parasite NZ NA Hall Nathan Turvey C13 M3 FR7
8 10511 Sheer Royalty MG Reed Mark Reed C7 M3 FR8
9 45323 Mysta Magical Mach NZ T Svilicich Morgan Woodley C18 M13 FR9
Second Row
10 05148 Flamin Tact NZ CA King Robbie Williams (C, cl) C9 M3 SR1
11 84718 Spunky Monkey KN Hawkins Ryan Bell C9 M3 SR2