Day At The Track

Art Major's son embarrasses Cup rivals

07:33 PM 18 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Classy harness racing performer Restrepo is on target to join his stablemates in Victoria’s two premier events.

Fresh from his second to stablemate Philadelphia Man in last week’s Horsham Cup, Restrepo shrugged off a 30-metre handicap to embarrass his Hamilton Cup rivals just moments ago.

As such, the Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin-trained pacer is certain to gain starts in the Victoria Cup on January 13 and the A G Hunter Cup a week later.

Along with Philadelphia Man, Stewart and Tonkin’s three-pronged attacks includes last week’s South Australia Cup hero Guaranteed.

Thrilled with Restrepo’s performance, Stewart has no doubt the son of Art Major is at peak form heading into his Grand Circuit assignments.

“He has been racing well this time in without any luck,” Stewart said. “We had no doubt he was capable of overcoming the 30 metres, it was just a matter of whether luck would go against him.

“We will head to the Victoria and Hunter Cups with him now.”

Driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, Restrepo was in a class of his own as he completed a 21-and-a-half metre win from Arden Rooney, with Arber eight metres away third.

“That was a terrific run,” Stewart declared. “We couldn’t be happier with him.”

Covering the last half in 56.8 seconds, Restrepo rated 1:57.4 for the 2660-metre journey, slashing 1.4 seconds off National Service’s track record.

TAB have reacted by dropping Restrepo’s Fixed Odds from $21 to $12 for the Hunter Cup, with the six-year-old remaining at $21 for the Victoria Cup.


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