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As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 2000 LOMBO RAPIDA (Northern Lights – Pliability) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.4 1998 Fillies Classic 1998 Australian Pacing Gold 1999 Western Australia Oaks 2000 Chariots Of Fire 2001 YULESTAR (Cameleon – Victoria Star) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.1 2001 Inter Dominion 2000 A G Hunter Cup 2000 New Zealand Cup 2002 New Zealand Free-For-All 2002 SHAKAMAKER (Bookmaker – Shakira) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.7 2000 Inter Dominion 2001 Victoria Cup 2002 South Australia Cup 1998 Australian Pacing Gold PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1997 WHALE OF A TALE (Payson’s Brother – Tales Of Tabella) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:01.9 1997 Victoria Media Cup 1999 Australian Harness Council Cup 1998 HARLEY HANOVER (Torado Hanover – Jordan Alley) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:00.3 1997 VHRC Classic 1997 Coca-Cola Classic 1999 Italian Cup 1999 OUR SIR VANCELOT (Vance Hanover – Jordan Alley) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:04.1 1997, ’98 & ’99 Inter Dominion 1997 Miracle Mile 1997 & ’98 Western Australia Cup 1998 Australian Pacing Championship PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1994 DARK PAUL (Paulsboro – Intrepid Pearl) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:05 1991 Victoria Derby 1991 New South Wales Derby 1993 & ‘95 Italian Cup 1994 Bendigo Cup 1995 YOU WISH (Entrepreneur – Dell Rowan) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:02.4 1992 Independence Day Cup 1994 Victoria Media Association Cup 1996 SINBAD BAY (Torado Hanover – Winward Bay) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:01.6 1989 Winfield Gold Cup 1991 Victoria Cup 1989 Golden Nugget PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1991 SINBAD BAY (Torado Hanover – Winward Bay) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:03.9 1989 Winfield Gold Cup 1991 Victoria Cup 1989 Golden Nugget 1992 NO IDENTITY (Alwood’s Trick - Triscass) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:1.2 1990 Simpson Sprint 1991 Carlton Cup 1993 THE UNICORN (Vance Hanover – Significant) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.8 1991 Mildura Cup 1991 Warragul Cup 1992 Kilmore Cup 1993 Bendigo Cup 1993 Cranbourne Cup PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1988 BAG LIMIT (Tarport Skipper – Royal Blend) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:01.7 1987 & ‘88 Winfield Gold Cup 1985 Victoria Derby 1986 & ‘87 Bendigo Cup 1986 Four-Year-Old Victoria Sires’ Final 1988 South Australia Cup 1989 SIR ERILLY (Torado Hanover – Meadow Leigh) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:02.7 1987 Mayors Sprint 1988 Italian Cup 1988 3KZ Cup 1988 A G Hunter Memorial 1990 QUITE FAMOUS (Knowing Fame – Shooshla) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:03.1 1988 Tasmania Pacing Championship 1987 Inter Dominion Consolation 1985 Four-Year-Old Championship 1985 & ‘88 Geelong Cup 1987 & ’88 Shepparton Cup 1987 Tasmania Easter Cup PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1985 GAMMALITE (Thor Hanover – High Valley) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:16.5 1982 A G Hunter Cup 1983 & ’84 Inter Dominion 1982, ’83, ’84 & ‘85 South Australia Cup 1983 Western Australia 1986 IMATHREAT (Sea Lord – Your a Lady) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:20 1986 Melbourne Pacing Cup 1987 C.U.B Cup 1989 Kilmore Cup 1989 Albury Cup 1987 MY LIGHTNING BLUE (Lonero –Lightning) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:03.1 1987 Inter Dominion 1986 Australian Derby 1987 Fosters Four-Year-Old Championship 1988 Tasmania Easter Cup PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. As for today's profiles, the duo were trained by record-breaking horseman, the late Bob Knight. 1983 POPULAR ALM (Sovereign Adios – Direct Design) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:16.5 1983 Miracle Mile 1982 & ‘83 Winfield Gold Cup 1983 A G Hunter Cup 1983 Queensland Pacing Championship 1983 Australian Pacing Championship   1984 THOR LOBELL (Encore Lobell – Coral Thor) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:16 1983 Melbourne Pacing Cup 1983 Cranbourne Cup 1984 Bendigo Cup 1984 2nd Inter Dominion PAUL COURTS

As thrilled as Christen Me’s connections are, their joy has almost been topped by officials at the Ballarat Harness Racing Club. Just moments after the New Zealand star captured last night’s Miracle Mile at Menangle, trainer Cran Dalgety revealed plans of heading to Victoria. On top of Dalgety’s hit list is the popular Ballarat Cup on December 13. Adding to the club’s jubilation is news Miracle Mile placegetters, Beautide and Guaranteed, are also being aimed at the Group One. The trio will clash with defending champion, Restrepo, which was a gallant fourth in last night’s Kevin Newman Cup at his first run since August. Restrepo is an Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin-trained stablemate of Guaranteed. “It all depends on how well each runner pulls up from last night, but it’s great news for the club,” chief executive Paul Rowse said. “At this stage we have the three best pacers in Australasia being aimed at our Cup.” PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1981 KOTARE KNIGHT (Timely Knight – Te Kao) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:18.9 1980 Melbourne Pacing Cup 1981 Lady Brooks Cup 1981 Two Inter Dominion heats (eighth in Final)   1982 DOUBTER (Mark Lobell  – Sceptical) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:17.4 1980 New South Wales Sapling Stake 1981 Queensland Derby 1982 Queensland Four-Year-Old Championship PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1979 BON TITIAN (Bon Adios – Maldanna) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:19.7   1980 KAMWOOD LAD (Sly Yankee  – Morine Scott) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:18.3 PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1977 GRANDO BOY (Royal Dollar – Smokey’s Own) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:18.7 1975 Stawell Cup   1978 ABIDAIR (Caliburn – Biddable Jean) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:18.9 1977 South Australia Derby PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1975 Sporting Son (Typhoon Hanover – Cindoro) Won Ballarat Cup from front line in 1:19.5 1975 Stawell Cup Two Inter Dominion heats (3rd 1977 Final) 1976 Royal Gaze (Tarport King – Glenfern Observe) Won Ballarat Cup from 30 metres in track record 1:17 1975 A G Hunter Cup 1974 & 75 Shepparton Cup Four Inter Dominion hearts (3rd 1974 Final) PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1973 My Gal Sal (Aachen – Mayfield Scott) Won Ballarat Cup off 12 yards in 2:06.8 One of only two mares to win Ballarat Cup Major wins include – 1968 SA Sapling Stake 1968 SA Breeders’ Plate 1968 SA Sires’ Produce Stake 1970 Nyah Cup   1974 – GALLAGHER (Grand Monarch-Angelique) Won Ballarat Cup off 10 metres in 1:19.2 Major wins include – 1972 Victoria Youthful Stake 1974 Bendigo Cup 1977 Cranbourne Cup PAUL COURTS

As part of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup promotion, we will aid harness racing fans with their selections by providing profiles on each of the Cup’s 44 winners. The most popular provincial event on the calendar, the Ballarat Cup is scheduled to be run on December 13, with topliners such as Beautide and defending champion, Restrepo, being aimed at the feature. During its December 9 barrier draw breakfast, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club will conduct a ‘phantom call’ of the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Pacing Cup based on the field selected by our panel of experts. Panellists will submit their top 12 members from the Cup’s honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then ‘call’ the race to determine which Cup winner can lay claim to being the greatest of them all! Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. 1971 SON OF NANCY (Dick Adios – Mona Nancy) Won Ballarat Cup off 12 yards in track record 2:07 Major wins include – 1969 and ’70 Mildura Cups 1971 A G Hunter Cup   1972 – MONARA (Dignus-Woorarra) Won Ballarat Cup off 12 yards in track record 2:06.6. Major wins include – 1972 and ’73 A G Hunter Cups 1972 South Australia Cup 1972 Bendigo Cup 1972 Two Inter Dominions heats (2nd in Final) PAUL COURTS

They are the ‘roses surrounded by thorns’, but can the two delicate harness racing flowers blossom in the Fantasy Ballarat Cup? As the Ballarat and District Trotting Club counts down to the 45th running of its flagship event, the club has joined forces with Harnesslink to conduct a Fantasy Ballarat Cup to decide which winner deserves to be crown the greatest of all. Our panel of experts will submit their top 12 members of the honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. That brings us back to the original question…can two ‘flowers’ of the industry make the cut? To make matters a little clearer, My Gal Sal and Lombo Rapida are the only mares to capture the Group One. Overcoming a 12-yard handicap, My Gal Sal upstaged the boys by rating 2:06.8 in 1973, with her time just two-tenths of a second outside the track record. With the feature reverted to a mobile well before her Cup triumph, Lombo Rapida took out the 2000 edition in race record time. Lombo Rapida shaved four-tenths of a record of The Unicorn’s mark established in 1993. The final Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Cup field will be announced next month, with the voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – to produce a ‘phantom call’ at the club’s traditional Barrier Draw Breakfast on December 9. Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup, compliments of the Flying Horse Venue, and hospitality on the night. “Our honour roll is littered with champion pacers across four decades and no doubt there will be plenty of debate around which horses should, and should not, earn their place in the fictitious field,” club chief executive Paul Rowse explained. “I certainly don’t envy our experts and wish them well as they embark what is an arduous, but very interesting, assignment.  “We invite everyone with an interest in the trots to get behind the fantasy cup concept and test their knowledge against our experts. “It will be a lot of fun, and there’s a great prize on offer.” To help participants further, Harnesslink will produce profiles on the Cup’s 44 winners during the three weeks leading into the December 13 showdown. PAUL COURTS

Champion harness racing identity Brian Gath has enjoyed a strong affiliation with the Ballarat Pacing Cup. The wily reinsman has captured the Group One four times, to be the feature’s second most successful driver behind the late Vin Knight. Knight boasts five victories, with his wins coming behind Kotare Knight in 1981, followed by Popular Alm in 1983, Bag Limit in 1988, Sir Reilly in 1989 and Sinbad Bay in 1991. Each of Knight’s wins were prepared by his later father, Bob, who is the event’s most successful trainer. Sinbad Bay returned in 1996 to become the only dual champion when driven by Stephen Dove, who is married to Bob’s daughter, Sue. Ironically, three of Gath’s triumphs came a year after a Knight stable runner, with the fourth registered well after the father and son had died. Gath’s initial win came with Doubter in 1982, followed by No Identity in 1992, Whale Of A Tale in 1997 and Safari in 2008. The Gath-Knight connection also includes the 1996 edition of the provincial feature when the Gath-driven Ricky Dean lost the race on protest! With this year’s Cup marking the 45th running of the event, the Ballarat and District Trotting Club, in conjunction with Harnesslink, is conducting a Fantasy Ballarat Cup to decide which winner deserves to be crown the greatest of all. Taking that into consideration, will any of Gath’s winners make the field, or furthermore, provide the veteran with his fifth Cup ‘win’? As part of the promotion, our panel of experts will submit their top 12 members of the honour roll, with a point system to decide the final line-up. The voice of the industry - Dan Mielicki – will then produce a ‘phantom call’ at the club’s traditional Barrier Draw Breakfast on December 9. Enthusiasts are also invited to submit their fantasy field via the club’s Facebook page, with the person who correctly selects the most starters in the final fantasy field - including their finishing order - to receive a $1000 bet on this year’s Cup compliments of the Flying Horse Venue and hospitality on the night. “Our honour roll is littered with champion pacers across four decades and no doubt there will be plenty of debate around which horses should, and should not, earn their place in the fictitious field,” club chief executive Paul Rowse explained. “I certainly don’t envy our experts and wish them well as they embark what is an arduous, but very interesting, assignment.  “We invite everyone with an interest in the trots to get behind the fantasy cup concept and test their knowledge against our experts. “It will be a lot of fun, and there’s a great prize on offer.” To help participants further, Harnesslink will produce profiles on the Cup’s 44 winners during the three weeks leading into the December 13 showdown. PAUL COURTS

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