Grand Circuit title still up for grabs

09:53 PM 07 Jan 2014 NZDT
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For A Reason and connections - pictured after his Victoria Cup win

As the New Year rolls around, we enter the second half of the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit.

Four legs down, four remain.

And no pacer has successfully claimed multiple legs of the series, meaning the title is very much up for grabs.

The focus will now switch west, the Gr.1 $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup at Gloucester Park on January 17 is the next leg of the rich series.

And again, maximum points are up for a grabs.

Currently, both Kiwi star Christen Me and comeback pacer For A Reason are tied in first position with 160 points but neither is amongst nominations for the Perth feature.

Christen Me is yet to win a Grand Circuit event this season but a string of consistent efforts in the New Zealand Cup, Miracle Mile and the Victoria Cup has him sharing the lead with For A Reason who triumphed in the Victoria Cup which followed his Miracle Mile placing.

Given the new format and points scoring system, the 2013/14 Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit champion could be winless, yet, still be crowned the champion pacer for the series.

With the valued sponsorship from Australian Pacing Gold, a $20,000 bonus will be awarded to winning connections.

Lurking just behind the co-leaders are Miracle Mile champion Beautide (120 points) with New Zealand hero Terror To Love (104 points) while Queensland Pacing Championship winner Ideal Scott (100 points) is out for the remainder of the series owing to an injury.

Star Perth pacer Im Victorious (41 points) finds himself in an ideal position to earn maximum points with a victory in his home state feature and therefore, rocket up the leader board and become a potential threat to win the title.

After the WA Pacing Cup, the Grand Circuit returns to Victoria with the running of the Gr.1 $400,000 Del-Re National Food Group A.G Hunter Cup at TABCORP Park, Melton on February 1 before heading to Sydney for the Gr.1 $750,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final on March 2 at TABCORP Park, Menangle while the series closes the following week in Auckland with the Gr.1 $NZ250,000 Trillian Trust Auckland Cup at Alexandra Park.

As it stands at the halfway mark, there is still so much on offer with the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit Series and the burning question remains.

Who will wear the crown?

Courtesy of Harness Racing Australia

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