Day At The Track

Genuine chance to star in Ouyen Cup

08:09 AM 22 Jan 2009 NZDT
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Greggs Electrical Ouyen Pacing Cup glory isn't all Genuine Star can attain when he heads to Mildura on Sunday night. The Geoff Webster-trained gelding will also rocket to the top of the Melton Saddlery Victorian Country Cup Championship leaderboard if he wins the $20,000 event.

Genuine Star currently sits in second spot with 10 points. He has a two-point buffer over Manwarra Goforgold - who gets his chance to improve his standing in Saturday night's Shepparton Cup - and is just two points astern stablemate Mister Swinger.

Points are allocated on a 4-2-1 basis to the first three home in Victoria's 25 country cups, with a double-points bonus on offer in the final country cup of the month.

With Mister Swinger not engaged this weekend, victory on Sunday night would make Genuine Star the outright leader while second place would be enough to give him a share of the lead.

He might have failed at his most recent country cup assignment, when second last in the Horsham Cup on January 11, but Webster is confident Genuine Star can bounce back in the Ouyen Cup, run at the Mildura Showgrounds.

"He went terribly last start, but I took him back to the trials on Monday night and he went quite well, so we'll forgive him for that one bad run and press forward to the Ouyen Cup," Webster said.

"In general, his runs have all been very consistent - he hadn't put in a bad run until Horsham - and it seems like he's back on track."

Genuine Star shares the 10-metre backmark in Sunday night's 2600m feature with the Glenn Douglas-trained Lenny Bromac, who is striving to become the first horse since Natty Kiwi in the early 1960s to win back-to-back Ouyen Cups.

Among the front-markers in what shapes as a competitive affair are standing start specialist Doolan Jack (three), consistent John Justice performer Luv Tha Aces Lombo (four), popular local hope Yucatchim (five) and Awesome Jasper (six).

The Ouyen Cup is race seven on the twilight card and will be run at 8.33pm. The first of eight races will be run at 5.58pm.

The Melton Saddlery Maori's Idol Trophy Series for the trotters is run in conjunction with the Country Cup Championship and Mental Power and Lenny Lewis are joint leaders on eight points following the latter's win in the Horsham Trotters Cup.

The next leg of the Maori's Idol Series is the Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup on Saturday night, February 14.

Country Clubs Championship Commences

Tonight's Kilmore meeting is highlighted by the second heat of the sought-after Country Clubs Championship.

The event, to be run at 7.30pm, is one of five heats for M0 performers that culminates with a $20,000 final at Moonee Valley on Hunter Cup night, Saturday, February 7.

Five horses will battle it out for their place in the final with the Luke Steenhuis-trained Black Legacy the popular pick after moving in to barrier one following the scratching of Shackleton.

The series kicked off at Ballarat last night, where the Grant Campbell-trained-and-driven Gilt Bromac booked her spot in the 2100m final with an effortless 10-metre win over Totally Oro and Warrior Kye.

The championship continues tomorrow night at Geelong where a competitive heat involving form runners Sammy Maguire, Charisteas and Jackson Street will be run at 8.04pm.

Those that missed out in the first three heats will get further chances to qualify for the final in the last two heats at Maryborough next Wednesday and Bendigo on Friday night, January 30.

Brad Bishop

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