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Our Sir Vancelot favourite in Greatest Bathurst Cup

12:11 PM 15 Sep 2014 NZST
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Our Sir Vancelot has drawn the pole in the Greatest Bathurst Cup
Smooth Satin is harnesslink's top pick
Courtesy Of Geoff Ampt
Hondo Grattan

Triple Inter Dominion winner Our Sir Vancelot is favoured to secure the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Greatest Ever Pacing Cup.

Collating a field of super stars as a novelty, the club will release a ‘phantom call’ during its last meeting at the circuit on Sunday, September 21.

After drawing the pole for trainer-driver Brian Hancock, Our Sir Vancelot has been installed a $2.75 favourite for the 2520-metre event.

Our Sir Vancelot only made one appearance at Bathurst, which also doubled as the last of his 97-start career.

The son of Vance Hanover captured the 1999 edition of the Cup in 1:59, a time he will have to better in his attempt to register a ‘second’ Cup triumph.

Former champion New Zealander, Master Musician, is the second favourite at $4 after drawing gate three for Robert Dunn.

Renowned for his staying qualities, ‘The Master’ is expected to test Our Sir Vancelot early from the ‘death seat’, which will make it interesting as another stayer – Hondo Grattan – is sent around the field from gate six.

Affectionately-known as The Bathurst Bulldog, Hondo Grattan could even make a line of three as Tony Turnbull puts the stallion’s seemingly endless supply of stamina to use.

That could see the feature ‘set up’ for a quality sprinter, bringing Smooth Satin and Cocky Raider right into the action during the latter stages.

Harnesslink’s top selections: SMOOTH SATIN 1, Our Sir Vancelot 2, Cocky Raider 3, Master Musician 4.

Cup Field In Barrier Order: Our Sir Vancelot ($2.75), First Kiss ($17), Master Musician ($4), Cocky Raider ($13), Hondo Grattan ($6), Grogan ($13), King Frost ($34)….Back row: Rowleyalla ($6), Smooth Satin ($8), Karloo Mick ($51).

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