IT COULD well be a female finish in tomorrow night’s $30,000 Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup at the Frank Ryan Raceway, Echuca.
The Kerryn Manning trained and driven Motu Meteor looks the testing material in the 2560m marathon and one of his main threats, Shakahari, who is the only mare in the race, will also have the services of driver Bec Bartley.
Motu Meteor campaigned admirably in feature events at the recent Perth Inter Dominion carnival and showed he is primed for tomorrow night’s assignment with a close-up third to Jilliby Kung Fu in the $100,000 Four Year Old Bonanza at Melton last Saturday night.
Jilliby Kung Fu is contesting the $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle tomorrow night.
Both Motu Meteor and Shakahari have the benefit of good draws – barriers two and one respectively – which is vital around the tight Frank Ryan Raceway.
The Keith Cotchin prepared Mono Stride is drawn next to Shakahari and Motu Meteor while another Shepparton pacer, A Special Dream, comes from barrier five for trainer Steve Duffy and reinsman Darby McGuigan.
In between them from barrier four is the consistent Mustang Bart, to be driven by master reinsman Gavin Lang, so it could be helter skelter in the early jostle or positions.
The Steve Duffy trained A Special Dream is racing in rare form this season but this is his biggest test although his early speed should get him into a position to be in it for a long way.
The Brent Lilley trained Lets Elope is the tightest assessed pacer in the race and is meeting many of his rivals on really favourable terms in regards to career and metropolitan wins.
But along with another well credentialled pacer Code Black they have to overcome outside second row draws on a front runner’s track.
Hopes of a local win rest with Elmore trainer Keith Cotchin who not only has the in-form Nonno Stride in the race but also last Saturday night’s longshot Melton winner He’s Okey Dokey from a second row draw.
X Tomorrow night’s 10 race program also features the $12,000 J A Connelly Crystal Bucket for T5 or better class trotters and the Tiffany Murray Memorial Pace for C1 Only class pacers.
The Crystal Bucket has drawn a good field including last start Wangaratta Trotters Cup winner Forestspider, the recent Cobram Trotters Cup winner, former NSW performer Quillabamba, now in the Nicole Molander stable, and also the flying Shepparton mare Sky Petite who is in the race up to ears despite a backmark 40m handicap.
Apart from the two main features and the Tiffany Murray Memorial, a $10,000 heat of the Vicbred Platinum Mares Sprint and the Bendigo Bank Echuca Pace for C3-5 class pacers, also worth $10,000, have drawn top fields in what should be a memorable night’s racing.
The opening race is at 6.23pm with the final event at 11pm.