Queensland stars share backmark in Hunter Cup
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.