XXXX Gold Pacing Cup Preview

XXXX Gold Pacing Cup Preview

Western Australia pacing fans should take note that Kalgoorlie will be hosting the XXXX Gold 2010 Pacing Cup this Thursday, September 16. It’s a Group 3 race open to M0 or better pacers. The pacing event is run over a distance of 2,518 metres and will see the top finishers sharing in a $30,000 purse.

The big event has drawn a decent field of top pacing contenders, though there are three frontrunners that should make this race very interesting. Jay Cee has yet to make a start in this new season of pacing, though the Gary Hall-driven gelding is expected to make an impressive debut. With nine first place finishes and three minors in 16 starts, last season’s record is a good indicator of what he is capable of. He was somewhat unlucky in the barrier draw at number ten with a 10m handicap, but he should have enough talent and speed to overcome.

The Ron Huston-trained gelding will face some stiff competition from both Scruncher and Jumbo Operator. The latter stable mate of Jay Cee has yet to appear in any pacing events this season, but if last season is any indication of what’s in store, punters should jump behind this horse. Jumbo Operator had a very impressive eight first place finishes in eight starts. He is known for his good gate speed, but is also capable of staying calm under pressure while battling it out for wins. He will be starting from barrier number eight with a 10m handicap.

Scruncher kicked off this new harness racing season in impressive fashion with two first place finishes in two starts. That includes an impressive finish at Kalgoorlie in the MS Pace on September 13. This pacing contender has a distinct advantage over the other two horses in that he was much luckier in the barrier draw. He will be starting from barrier number three.

The XXXX Gold 2010 Pacing Cup will be race number six on the card on Thursday night. Be sure to get to bookmaker.com.au to check out all of the available odds on this race.

Field & Barrier Draw:

No. Form Horse Trainer Driver Class Hcp
1 3s121 Lees Approval NZ AG Cortopassi Aldo Cortopassi C6 M0 FT
2 40s86 Ultimate Hanover KJ Kirke Shannon Suvaljko C5 M1 FT
3 52111 Scruncher NZ CM Brew Chris Brew (C) C14 M0 FT
4 1s666 Colombo GI Sayers Garry Sayers C6 M0 FT
5 s7555 Class and Ahalf PJ Fairless Aiden Warwick C3 M0 FT
6 79778 Tai Tara NZ MG Scott Matthew Scott C9 M1 FT
7 51426 Son Of Fergie SJ De Campo C8 M1 10m
8 11111 Jumbo Operator RJ Huston Shannon Suvaljko C14 M1 10m
9 867s5 Village Pungee JP Sangalli John Sangalli C7 M1 10m
10 11111 Jay Cee Ess NZ RJ Huston Gary Hall (Jnr) C9 M1 10m
11 640s1 The Hunter NZ RJ Huston Giles Inwood (C) C10 M2 10m