Day At The Track

Linc Group Warragul Pacing Cup a great success

07:05 AM 21 Apr 2014 NZST
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football legends Peter 'Crackers' Keenan and Peter Daicos with Cup winning trainer/reinsman Michael Stanley
Football legends Peter 'Crackers' Keenan and Peter Daicos with Cup winning trainer/reinsman Michael Stanley
Hilltop Hustler
Melita Bromac NZ
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The first harness racing mobile start Warragul Cup was a great success on Easter Sunday. Ballarat horseman Michael Stanley took out The Linc Group Warragul Pacing Cup with Hilltop Hustler, a four-year-old who had no luck in the Mildura Pacing Cup at its previous run, but is an up-and-coming pacer of the future, and will be aimed at further feature races going forward.

Hilltop Hustler has recorded 10 wins and 8 placings from only 35 starts, and was well supported by punters.

The Cup for Trafalgar horseman Glenn Hunter was over soon after it started, as Astronaut galloped and virtually took no part.

It capped an up and down day for Glenn - he placed third in the Trotters Cup with Dawn Tears but earlier lost the opening race in the stewards room after debutante Lazy Sunday drifted in in the home straight when first past the post.

Runner up in the Cup was Loveable Larrikin, with Savesomtimetodream finishing third.

The 2:00 mile rate barrier was broken for the 2620 metre distance, indicating the quality of the Warragul track.

The co-feature on Sunday, the Eddie Evison Memorial Trotters Cup, was won by Eisenhower for Kilmore husband and wife team Peter Lane and Anita Burke.

In another exciting contest, Eisenhower held off his rivals to score narrowly from Im Whitney, with local Dawn Tears having no luck in finishing a close up third.

Four generations of the Evison family were on hand to present the silver Cup to the winning connections.

Longwarry pacer Intergalactic took out the final race of the day for trainer Lee Evison and driver Josh Duggan.

A large group of happy owners were on hand to accept the trophy after Melita Bromac won the Warragul Club and Downtowner Guineas.

Melita Bromac will head for the rich Victorian Oaks series after her Warragul win.

A good crowd enjoyed an exciting day of racing on Sunday, with TAB betting up considerably on last year.

Footballer's 'Crackers' Keenan and Peter Daicos and legendary trotting horseman Ted Demmler were among the special guests on the day.

The quality of the field in the Pacing Cup supported the Warragul Harness Racing Club's decision to switch the event from a handicap to a mobile barrier start.

Last year's Miracle Mile winner Baby Bling was among the entries, a winner of over $800,000 in stakes, and horses of that calibre gracing the local track gave the club extra publicity.

Kyle Galley

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