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WA Pacing Cup Tips - defending champion can reign supreme at Gloucester Park

Trent Orwin 18 Jan 2018
  • WA Pacing Cup preview
  • Gary Hall Snr aims to capture eighth consecutive Cup
Chicago Bull (Credit: Jodie Hallows)

Perth’s biggest race, the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m), will be held at Gloucester Park on Friday night. 

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Leading trainer Gary Hall Snr has dominated the WA Pacing Cup, winning the last seven editions with Im Themightyquinn (2011-13), Hokonui Ben (2014), My Hard Copy (2015-16) and Chicago Bull (2017). 

He has four runners engaged this year with Chicago Bull, My Hard Copy, American Boy and Ohoka Punter representing the Serpentine trainer.

Of those four, only two of them look realistic chances of adding a further Cup to their tally. 

Chicago Bull draws the car park but his effort in the Fremantle Cup (2536m) was the second-best run of the race behind Lazarus who was breathtaking in defeat. The five-year-old’s versatility means barrier nine may not be an obstacle and he looks the horse to beat as he has a combination of speed and toughness. 

My Hard Copy will begin from barrier 10 and trails The Bucket List who will be trying to lead early but could be crossed by Galactic Star who is very quick out. That horse would be looking for a trail so My Hard Copy could end up four back on the rail but Clinton Hall is a big-race driver and should find clear running in the final 1200m.

The race was run to suit in the Fremantle Cup and My Hard Copy took full advantage to land his first. I don’t see this race being run in the same manner as the Fremantle Cup (largely due to no Lazarus) but there should still be plenty of tempo on at some stage and he will be flying home. 

Chicago Bull defends his title and I’m siding with him to make it back-to-back wins in the great race. Gary Hall Jnr is an exceptional driver and he has a lot of experience in making last-to-first runs, courtesy of Im Themightyquinn, who would dazzle spectators with his racing style.

Rarely far away, Chicago Bull will give us a run for our money, and I’m hoping he gets out a bit further in the market towards $3.50 which would be a very nice price. 

Soho Tribeca looked a touch disappointing in the Fremantle Cup and a long campaign of tough racing is some concern. He is of course a winning chance but the price looks too short.

The Bucket List was going to be my tip when markets were first released but he has been well-backed from around $26 into $9.50 which is getting towards his right price. 

Motu Premier lacks gate speed and could be shuffled back early. He has each-way claims while Have Faith In Me is more than capable of victory and Galactic Star could be the blowout horse. Vultan Tin is the other knockout hope in the race.

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WA Pacing Cup Tips - defending champion can reign supreme at Gloucester Park

Form analyst Trent Orwin previews the Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

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