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Pachacuti storms home to win Governor's Cup

11:14 AM 21 Mar 2017 NZDT
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Pachacuti storms home to win the Governor's Cup
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Pachacuti extended his winning steak with an effortless harness racing victory in the $10,000 Governor's Cup over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night..

Pachacuti ($1.30 favourite) was unable to hold the lead from gate two and was crossed by Modern Ruler and heading down the back stretch the last time it looked for a moment that the favourite might not get out of the pocket.

But the seven-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding's trainer-driver Todd Rattray somehow eased off the fence from behind the leader at the point of the home turn and once in the three-wide line the gelding powered home to score by over 10 metres from Hugo Play with Sapphire Swayze a closing third.

Pachacuti is being aimed at the $40,000 Easter Cup on April 16 and his next outing will most likely be in an Easter Cup heat in Launceston on Friday week, March 31.

Rattray was hauled into the stewards' room after the race and subsequently suspended for four race dates on a dangerous driving charge and it could mean missing out on driving Pachacuti in an Easter Cup heat.

"I will be appealing the suspension and that's all I want to say about it," Rattray said.

It was Pachacuti's sixth win in succession this year and given the way he toyed with his rivals at this latest outing he should be a major contender when he arrives at his grand final in the Easter Cup.

"I am very happy with how he's going but I'm sure there is a fair bit of improvement in him between now and the Easter Cup.

"He had a short let-up after his previous run so I reckon he definitely was in need of this run."

Peter Staples

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