Day At The Track

Slater eyes St Marys Cup with recent winner

02:30 AM 01 Apr 2014 NZDT
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Class Above Lombo (Mark Yole) on left wins Launceston March 30 .jpg
Class Above Lombo (Mark Yole) on left wins Launceston March 30
HARNESS racing trainer Zeke Slater has his eyes in the St Marys Cup with Class Above Lombo that scored an impressive win in Launceston last Sunday night.

The St Marys annual meeting is traditionally run on New Year's Day but when the SMPC had to cancel this year's event because of the state of the grass track the meeting was set aside to be run in another timeslot

Tasracing, in conjunction with the SMPC, settled on Easter Saturday and all is in readiness for what should be another brilliant day of harness racing at the East Coast venue.

The rescheduled meeting features the St Marys Cup that boasts prizemoney of $10,000 and it is being targeted by many trainers, including Slater.

Class Above Lombo is unbeaten from his three starts in Tasmania, the latest last Sunday night in Launceston in a C4 event over 2200m.

But he needs one more win to take her to C5 class that is the benchmark for entry into the St Marys Cup, which is a standing start event.

"The horse has not won from a standing start but he has very good manners so I don't think it (standing start) would present a problem," Slater said.

"It looks an ideal race for him and it's worth $10,000 so I'll probably run him at

Devonport next Monday night in a C5 or better race to try and get his qualified class wise," he said.

By Peter Staples

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