Queens­land stars share backmark in Hunter Cup

Townsville Bulletin - - Raceguide -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS Blacks A Fake and Be Good Johnny, the past two win­ners of the Vic­to­ria Cup, share the backmark of 20m in the 2007 Hunter Cup.

Fol­low­ing the clo­sure of nom­i­na­tions, Har­ness Rac­ing Vic­to­ria on Thurs­day an­nounced the hand­i­caps for the $500,000 fea­ture to be run on Fe­bru­ary 11 at Moonee Val­ley.

Just five of the 73 en­tries have been al­lot­ted a hand­i­cap for the pres­ti­gious Group One marathon, with the re­main­ing nom­i­na­tions all set to start from the front line.

Grand Cir­cuit win­ners Flash­ing Red and Slip­nslide, both Queens­lan­ders like the co-back­mark­ers, and lo­cal hero Robin Hood, have each been al­lot­ted a 10m hand­i­cap.

The win­ners of all bar two races be­tween now and fi­nal ac­cep­tances on Fe­bru­ary 6 are el­i­gi­ble for re-hand­i­cap­ping at the dis­cre­tion of the HRV hand­i­cap­ping panel.

The two races that carry a hand­i­cap­ping ex­emp­tion are the $40,000 Shep­par­ton Cup, a 2670m Group Three dis­cre­tionary hand­i­cap on Jan­uary 20, and the $50,000 Moonee Val­ley Cup, a 2575m Group Two stand­ing start free-forall on Jan­uary 27.

The win­ners of four races will be ex­empt from bal­lot in the Hunter Cup, pro­vided they have been nom­i­nated for the event.

Flash­ing Red and Vic­to­rian ace Reba Ra­jah are both guar­an­teed a start cour­tesy of their wins in this sea­son’s New Zealand and Kil­more Cups re­spec­tively.

They’ll be joined later by the win­ners of the Shep­par­ton and Moonee Val­ley Cups.

While nom­i­na­tions have closed, the door has not yet been shut on any pac­ers who might burst onto the scene over the next six weeks with a late en­try fee of $4000 payable up un­til noon on Fe­bru­ary 1.

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