2018 Pakenham Cup Day Preview


Race 1 - 12:55pm

3yo BenchMark 70 Handicap (1000m)

The three year olds kick off Pakenham Cup Day at Racing.com Park on Saturday over the sprint distance of 1000m. All In Brawl has performed well at his only two starts with a debut win over 1100m at Geelong in July before running second at The Valley in August and looks suited over the 1000m from the inside gate first up. More Bricks was placed at his three runs before a spell and started to build up his fitness with a first up third at The Valley. Symphonette is a last start Morphettville Parks winner and Star Fall is ready to resume with a Cranbourne Trial win under his belt.

2 Units All In Brawl

Race 2 - 1:30pm

BenchMark 70 Handicap (1600m)

Play That Song finished in the minor placings two starts back over 1700m at Flemington on Kennedy Oaks Day and was then beaten under two lengths when sixth over 1600m at The Valley and looks well placed here. Casino Fourteen is a last start winner at Donald but has to contend with a wide barrier. Gheedaa has been racing well around the traps and comes to Pakenham on the back of a last start win at Morphettville.

2 Units Play That Song

Race 3 - 2:05pm

F&M BenchMark 78 Handicap (1400m)

Another Bullseye had fair form before a spell and was a Flemington winner during the Autumn Carnival. The Danny O’Brien trained mare has had two trials at Cranbourne in preparation for her return and has won first up in the past. The Darren Weir trained Teodora is also resuming and had first up claims while Champagne Cocktail and Egyptian Bullet are worthy of a spot in the exotics.

2 Units Another Bullseye

Race 4 - 2:40pm

BenchMark 78 Handicap (2000m)

Calibration won over a similar distance and in similar class at The Valley three weeks ago and will be hard to beat again from a nice barrier. Royal Order was runner up to Calibration but has a wide alley to contend but will be around the mark again. Mr Quickie is racing in great form with wins at his last three starts at Geelong, Morphettville Parks and Sandown while Sweet Mischief has similar form with three wins from her last four starts.

2 Units Calibration

Race 5 - 3:20pm

BenchMark 78 Handicap (1000m)

Prairie Fire had some pretty handy two year old form before being spelled following his unplaced effort in the Golden Slipper during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival. The Snitzel colt has had one trial in preparation for his return to the race track and the 1000m will suit first up. Matty and Saint Valorem will clash again after finishing first and second over 955m at The Valley last start while Nodoubtaboutit wasn’t far away in fourth spot.

2 Units Prairie Fire

Race 6 - 4:00pm

Memorial Handicap (1600m)

Kilimanjaro had handy Flemington form before an ease up and is certain to get a great run from the inside barrier. Trainer Darren Weir and jockey John Allen will team up here with Age Of Fire who ran his best race this time in with a last start fifth in the Kilmore Cup and is ready to produce his best. Beauty Way is having his first run in Australia after having raced and won in England, Hong Kong and New Zealand and race day betting will be the best guide to his chances.

2 Units Each Way Kilimanjaro

Race 7 - 4:40pm

Pakenham Cup (2500m)

English import Dal Harraild has raced on the pace at his last two starts for a second in the Bendigo Cup and a second in the Group 2 Zipping Classic over 2400m at Sandown and looks the one to beat here. Pilote D’Essai found some good form with a last start second behind Kiwia in the Ballarat Cup and is a winner over the same course and distance as the Pakenham Cup. Tally was also back in form with a win in the 1800m Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

4 Units Dal Harraild

Race 8 - 5:20pm

VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m)

Darren Weir and John Allen will combine again with last start Ararat winner Choisborder who will be hard to beat again from an inside barrier in the thirteen horse field. Lord Sundowner is the winner of his last two outings at Bendigo and Morphettville Parks and is certain to be in the mix again. Chippenham has a win and two placings from his three runs this campaign and So Si Bon wasn’t far off the pace with a close up sixth at Flemington.

2 Units Choisborder

Race 9 - 5:55pm

Handicap (1200m)

Theanswermyfriend was a three times winner during his last campaign over the Spring and he is certain to make his presence felt first up. Suspense had mixed form last preparation and has had a Cranbourne trial in readiness for his return to the race track and has won first up in the past. Keen Array and Here To There can put some value into the exotics.

2 Units Theanswermyfriend

All Times are Victorian Times

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