Day At The Track

Justice hoping history repeats at Echuca

02:33 AM 14 Jan 2009 NZDT
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Lance Justice
Lance Justice
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Lance Justice hopes history can repeat in Friday night's $20,000 Alabar Echuca Pacing Cup. The Melton trainer-driver prepared Seelster Score to win his maiden metropolitan-penalty event in the Riverina feature in 2003 and he will attempt to do the same with Barachias this year.

"I remember Seelster Score's M0 was the Echuca Cup when he won it a few years ago, so we've done it before," said Justice, who also won last year's Echuca Cup with Lennon.

"We've won it a couple of times and it would be nice if we can do it again."

Despite being one of just two starters in the 2530-metre standing start event that are yet to win a metro-class race, Barachias will be fancied as Justice strives for a third Echuca Cup win.

That's despite the five-year-old finishing last in a standing start event at Moonee Valley last Saturday night, when he broke at the start and trailed the field the entire way.

The son of Courage Under Fire, who has 10 wins and 21 minor placings to his name from 54 starts, finished second in his previous three starts - all at Moonee Valley.

"He's normally very good from the stand, so I'm surprised he missed away last time, but I guarantee you one thing; he'll be getting lots of practice at it," Justice, who wasn't the sulky last week, said.

Barachias will spring from outside the front row - barrier six - when the strands release at 9.42pm.

Joining him will be stablemate Flamin Tact, who has a much more daunting barrier 11 to contend with on the tight 805-metre Echuca track.

Among the hardest to beat for Justice's pair are Cobram Cup runner-up Awesome Jasper, who has drawn the coveted inside alley, last Saturday night's Moonee Valley winners Harrys Lass (two) and Noras Dream (seven), country cup specialist Advance Attack (eight) and Luv Tha Aces Lombo (12).

Friday night's other feature is the $6000 Moama Electrical Service Trotters Cup at 8.42pm, which sees Motu Armbro Scott, The Windsurfer, My Missindependent and Jacques La Mer share the 10-metre backmark.

Brad BISHOP

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