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One of the very few chinks in the armour of Terror To Love might just have been his undoing in Saturday night’s bizarre event that was otherwise known as the Ballarat Cup. That’s the opinion of his driver Ricky May anyway, who has come under some hefty criticism for his drive on the three-time New Zealand Trotting Cup winner. After the field was decimated to just four runners following the controversy that is now known as Sulkygate, many expected Terror To Love to just rock up and win against what appeared to be four horses who seemed far inferior to himself. The predictions looked correct too when May managed to flush Uncle Wingut off the fence to grab a one out one back ride home, but when Chris Alford and the Amanda Grieve trained Im Corzin Terror dashed home in just over 53 seconds it proved too much for Terror To Love to run down. May is being criticised for his decision not to put the horse in the race, just as he had seven days earlier when he wore down the Miracle Mile winning Christen Me. He’s not one to let the opinions of others worry him too much and had he felt a little different about the way Terror To Love travelled through the race things might very well of panned out different. But they didn’t and May was left feeling even more confused than what he had as he watched a good portion of his opposition disappear before the race. “He didn’t feel like the same horse that he had last week,’’ May said. “I had to chase him along quite a bit, he just didn’t really get up on the bit like he normally can.’’ And that’s where the chink in the armour comes into it. Those who know Terror To Love will attest to the fact that he isn’t the greatest of horses when it comes to trials and workouts. In fact he’s renowned for goofing around and never really putting in his best efforts. And as silly as it might sound to some, that could have been exactly what happened on Saturday night. “He felt a lot like what he does when he goes to the trials. “He knows when things are serious and he knows when it’s just a trial. “I do wonder if that’s why he didn’t feel quite as sharp, it could be.’’ May said he still felt confident coming off the back when Uncle Wingnut had applied pressure to the leader and they ran their first quarter of the last half in 26 seconds. “When that happened I thought he would be pretty hard to beat. “But he just didn’t come out and go like he can, he did work into late but by then it was too late.’’ Terror To Love will return back to his West Melton base tomorrow and be freshened up before heading back across the Tasman to tackle the plethora of riches up for offer early on next year. Courtesy Of Harness Racing New Zealand

Harness racing driver Nathan Jack has continued his sensational form ahead of tomorrow night’s Group One Ballarat Cup. Riding the crest of a wave, Jack has registered nine wins since last Tuesday, with the latest coming in this afternoon’s Yarra Valley Cup. Jack combined with premier trainer David Aiken to capture the feature with handy pacer Smudge Bromac, which shrugged off a 10-metre handicap to score in record time. Gaining a three-wide trail during the latter stages, Smudge Bromac cruised to a four-and-a-half metre win from Cut For An Ace, with Blucolla Tigerpie a half-head away third. Covering the last half in 58 seconds, the nine-year-old rated 1:57.1 for the 2650-metre stand, slashing 2.2 seconds off Mustang Mach’s track record established in the 2012 Cup. As for Jack’s main mission of the weekend, he will partner exciting performer Philadelphia Man in the Ballarat Cup. Philadelphia Man is one of four representatives from the Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin stable. Successful at his last nine starts, Philadelphia Man has drawn well in barrier three, which has seen him posted on the third lining of betting at $3.60 on TAB fixed odds. The six-year-old’s stablemate, Guaranteed, is the favourite at $2.20, with last weekend’s Cranbourne Cup winner, Terror To Love, the second elect at $3. PAUL COURTS

Harness racing driver Nathan Jack is high on confidence ahead of Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup in which he has scored the plum drive behind Philadelphia Man. Philadelphia Man is one of four representatives from the Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin stable. Jack has driven eight winners since Tuesday – from 14 drives – including five victories at Echuca on Tuesday night. It was the first time Jack has registered a quintet, having lodged a quartet 11 times. Jack’s haul kicked off with Wamboyne Woody when the Ross Arentz-trained gelding took out the Trainers 1st January $500 Pace by 36 metres in a rate of 1:59 for the 1755-metre trip. Jack made it back-to-back wins after scoring with Contemporary Art for trainer Norm Jerrick before partnering Vic The Victorious, Indi Bapu and Ebbsandflows to glory later in the program. Jack’s ‘purple patch’ is matched by Philadelphia Man heading into the Group One. The son of Art Major has won his last nine starts. Despite the step up in grade, Philadelphia Man is on the third line of betting at $3.60 on TAB fixed odds. The six-year-old’s stablemate, Guaranteed, is the favourite at $2.20, with last weekend’s Cranbourne Cup winner, Terror To Love, the second elect at $3. HRV Media

Master reinsman Gavin Lang has opted to stick with exciting harness racing performer Guaranteed in Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup. Lang elected to drive the rising star ahead of stablemates Philadelphia Man, Beauty Secret and Restrepo, which he combined with to capture last season’s edition of the Group One. It is the first time in 41 starts Lang won’t be in the sulky behind Restrepo. He has also been the regular driver of the other three this season. The four are trained by partners Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin. A last-start third behind Christen Me and Beautide in the Miracle Mile, Guaranteed is the early favourite at $2.20 after drawing well in barrier four. Stating the decision was “hard to make”, Lang believes Guaranteed is poised to add another top shelf victory to his impressive record. “Some people will look at having four good driving options in a race like this as a good spot to be in, but personally, I don’t enjoy hoping off horses, but it’s something that you have to do at times,” Lang said. “In an ideal world Emma and Clayton would prefer to have them all in different races, but that’s not how it works and there are times they will clash. “From the draw, Guaranteed is going to be very hard to beat, as are each of Emma and Clayton’s horses.” Although he will drive Guaranteed this weekend, Lang is no certainty to stick with the son of Artsplace every time he clashes with his talented stablemates. “No doubt if Restrepo can get back to the form we know he is capable of and Guaranteed and Philadelphia Man hold their form choosing between them could be an ongoing problem and draws will play a role in my decision,” Lang said. PAUL COURTS

Outstanding pacer Beautide will miss one of harness racing’s most popular events – Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup. Although the reigning Inter Dominion champion was among the nominations for the Group One, trainer James Rattray opted to bypass the feature after Beautide’s blood results “weren’t the best”. With the gelding’s long term plans remaining Rattray’s priority, the horseman will give Beautide a light week before aiming the son of Bettors Delight at next month’s Bendigo Cup. The January 17 assignment will be followed by the Victoria Cup a fortnight later. Beautide will then contest an Inter Dominion heat before embarking on his title defence at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 1. In Beautide’s absence, exciting local, Guaranteed, has been installed the $2.20 on TAB Fixed Odds ahead of last weekend’s Cranbourne Cup hero, Terror To Love on $3. PAUL COURTS

Reigning champion Restrepo has drawn perfectly in his quest for a slice of harness racing history in Saturday night’s Ballarat Cup. One of four Emma Stewart/Clayton Tonkin-trained runners in the Group One, Restrepo is aiming to become the first title holder to successfully defend his crown. As it stands, Sinbad Bay is the time-honoured feature’s only dual winner, having scored in 1991 and 1996. Successful in track record time last season, Restrepo has received barrier one, which has boosted his trainers’ confidence. “That should prove to be a great draw for him,” Stewart declared. “Hopefully from there he can settle in a prominent position and be ready to strike in the straight like he did last season.” An eye-catching first-up fourth at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago, Restrepo has “trained on well” according to Stewart, who stated the son of Art Major will be a notable improver for the outing. “We were happy with his run in Sydney and he has trained on well since,” Stewart said. “He will definitely be better for the run, but that said, he will have to be in this field. “We’ve got no doubt he is capable of becoming the first pacer to win back-to-back Ballarat Cups.” Despite his ideal draw, Restrepo is on the fourth line of betting with TAB Fixed Odds at $8, with his stablemate, Guaranteed, the favourite at $2.20. Last weekend’s Cranbourne Cup star, Terror To Love is next at $3, with Philadelphia Man posted at $3.40. Winner of his last nine starts, including two this campaign, Philadelphia Man is another Stewart/Tonkin representative, with Beauty Secret – one of the outsiders at $51 - rounding out the team. Philadelphia Man will begin from three, with Guaranteed in four and Beauty Secret in 10. Terror To Love has another visitors’ draw, gate nine, which is likely to see him pushed through at the start in search of the ‘death seat’. “Although he is off the back line, Terror To Love is still the one to beat,” Stewart said. As for a hint on which of the stable’s chances is the ‘most likely’, Stewart offered a diplomatic answer: “with the right run all of them are capable of winning. They’ve all been working well and are right in this.” At this early stage, even a guide via the drivers is still unavailable, with master reinsman Gavin Lang given first preference. Interestingly, Lang has driven Restrepo in each of his 41 starts, which has seen the pair register 17 wins, including two at Group One level. Lang has also been the only driver to hold the reins behind the other three on race day this season. “We haven’t spoken to Gavin yet, so we will wait and see which one he wants to drive before making a decision on the others,” Stewart declared. PAUL COURTS

Harness racing superstar Popular Alm has done it again! Like so many ‘best of’ lists, Popular Alm has topped the table, this time as the Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Cup winner. As part of this week’s Ballarat Pacing Cup celebrations, the club joined forces with Harnesslink to decide which of the Cup’s winners deserves the title as the greatest. With a panel of experts assembled, the field was set at (in barrier order and year of win) Bag Limit (1988), Safari (2008), Just An Excuse (2004), Flashing Red (2005), Shakamaker (2002), Popular Alm (1983), Sting Lika Bee (2007), Gammalite (1985), Sinbad Bay (1991 & ’96), Our Sir Vancelot (1999), Yulestar (2001) and My Lightning Blue (1987). As called by award-winning broadcaster, Dan Mielicki, Popular Alm accounted for arch-rival Gammalite and triple Inter Dominion winner, Our Sir Vancelot. Sinbad Bay, a stablemate of the winner, was fourth. Trained by the late Bob Knight and driven by his late son Vin, Popular Alm’s ‘win’ was the result of the stallion rating a track record 1:56.7 for the 2710 metres. Widely-regarded as a natural choice, Popular Alm was the top ranked pacer on six of the seven panellists’ lists, with former media man Bill Hutchison placing Safari ahead of the overall winner. Although his stirring Ballarat Cup victory is regarded as the Group One’s most exciting, Safari surprisingly polled low with our panel, with two members placing him last in their 12-horse field. While the winner is subject to debate, it’s hard to imagine anyone claiming the title doesn’t to the immortal Popular Alm! “We are very pleased with the interest in our Harnesslink Fantasy Ballarat Cup,” club chief executive Paul Rowse said. “The build-up has been great and I believe Popular Alm is a worthy winner. “While the field was only open to Cup winners, our panel included each runner’s entire career when making their decision. “It would certainly be a dream field to watch and be interesting to see who could come out on top.” As for the actual Ballarat Cup, Saturday’s edition of the feature shapes as one of the most intriguing since the event’s inception in 1971. 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 tomorrow’s 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. 2010 CINCINNATI KID (In The Pocket – Matter Of Fact) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.8 2007 ANZAC Cup 2008 Inter Dominion heat 2009 MHRC Classic 2011 STUNIN CULLEN (Christian Cullen – Vicario) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:57.3 2008 New Zealand Sires’ Final 2008 PGG Sales Final 2009 Northern Derby 2011 A G Hunter Cup 2012 HIGHVIEW TOMMY (Bettors Delight – Baptism Of Fire) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:57.5 2008 Welcome Stake 2008 Emerald Jewels 2009 Supremacy Stake 2008 Inter Dominion heat (4th in Final) 2013 MAH SISH (Mach Three – Dancing On Winds) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:58.4 2013 A G Hunter Cup 2013 Inter Dominion heat (2nd in Final) 2014 RESTREPO (Art Major – Shes Innocent) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:56.8 2013 Four-Year-Old Bonanza 2013 Legends Mile 2013 Coca-Cola Sprint 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. 2006 ROBIN HOOD (Fake Left – Surfers Paradise) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:58.7 2005 Kilmore Cup 2007 Victoria Cup 2008 M H Treuer Memorial 2007 STING LIKA BEE (Walton Hanover – Armbro Caprice) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.8 2007 A G Hunter Cup 2007 Kilmore Cup 2007 Cranbourne Cup 2007 Bendigo Cup 2008 SAFARI (Fake Left – Star Chaser) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:58.3 2006 Horsham Cup 2007 Mildura Cup 2007 Bendigo Cup 2008 Inter Dominion heat (4th in Final) 2009 MISTER SWINGER (Village Jasper – Baby Boomer) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:00.1 2008 Cranbourne Cup 2009 South Australia Cup 2011 Shepparton 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. 2003 JOFESS (Jeremy Lombell – Jane’s Pearl) Won Ballarat Cup in 1:59.9 2004 Inter Dominion 2002 Victoria Cup 2002 M H Treuer Memorial 2002 Newcastle Mile 2004 JUST AN EXCUSE (Live Or Die – My Excuse) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:02.5 2003 & ‘04 New Zealand Cup 2003 Taylor Mile 2003 Messenger Chamopionship 2004 New Zealand Free-For-All 2005 FLASHING RED (Echelon – Courvy Kazi) Won Ballarat Cup in 2:00.3 2004 Winter Cup 2004 Cordina Sprint 2007 New Zealand Cup 2006 Two Inter Dominion heats 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. 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

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