With just 10 meters separating 10 horses who could argue the SA Cup is not one of the great Group 1 races on the Australian Calendar many were of the opinion that Harness Racing SA had made a major mistake reducing the distant and changing the way the barrier draw was conducted. “How wrong they were”.
Tweets from two of harness racing high profile media commentators Adam Hamilton & Kiwi Michael Guerin said it all, Hamilton simply tweeted “What a Race” while Guerin tweeted “The South Australia Cup continues to be one of the forgotten gems of Australian racing. That was great fun, Caribbean Blaster deserved win.
Caribbean Blaster who won by a head from arch rival Smoken Up, will now head to the Ballarat Cup on January 25 before a tilt on the Hunter Cup on his way to the Inter-dominions.
While unplaced local pacer Harrison Maguire who is off to Sydney as part of leading trainer Aaron Brown team he will take to Menangle when he leaves Adelaide later this week.
Harrison Maguire’s effort to finish fourth in the SA Cup was outstanding after having to be used up early from his outside the front line draw and then being shuffled back to last at the bell while Italian and SA Summer Carnival FFA winner Timeless Era, trained in the Sunraysia by Boris Devcic , closed strongly to finish fifth after having little gate speed and getting back in the field from barrier two.
Some may argue that the timing of the SA Cup which clashes with the Bendigo Cup and the night after the $250,000 Fremantle Cup, but these arguments are out the door after a highly successful Cup night with a large crowd, great racing and good prizemoney maybe the SA Cup is a true gem of Australian harness racing.
By Erica Lonni