Day At The Track

Star Chamber Tassie's best

11:32 AM 05 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Star Chamber (Nathan Ford) strolls to an easy win in a heat of the Hobart Pacing Cup.jpg
Star Chamber
Photo Peter Staples

Star Chamber only needs to capture the Hobart Pacing Cup in a fortnight to claim the title of Tasmania’s best harness racing performer following his heat win at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Sunday night.

Star Chamber won the $40,000 Group Three Tasmania Cup in Hobart last month to signal his arrival as a class act, but some doubters questioned standard of his opposition.

But on Sunday night the Nathan Ford-trained and driven gelding stepped cleanly from his 20-metre handicap to settle midfield while, Whodeani, having his first start for just over a year, stepped straight to the front as driver Gareth Rattray ensured a solid tempo.

Our Chain Of Command circumnavigated the field midrace to face the breeze, while Ford was content to sit and wait until the field entered the back straight the last time to make his move.

Our Chain Of Command kicked clear at the top of the home straight, but when Ford called on Star Chamber for the supreme effort the son of Our Sir Vancelot put the result beyond doubt within the blink of an eye.

“I couldn’t be happier with the horse and I am looking forward to the Hobart Cup in a fortnight,” Ford said.

  • PETER STAPLES

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