Pac­ing Cup se­lec­tion be­comes tricky ca­per

The West Australian - - SUMMER RACING - Ernie Man­ning

Hand­i­cap­ping pan­el­lists are set to in­stall fresh run­ners in Fri­day night’s $450,000 Group 1 WA Pac­ing Cup (2936m) af­ter re­ceiv­ing 30 nom­i­na­tions for the Glouces­ter Park fea­ture.

Gotta Go Gab­bana, Hands and wheels, Im Full Of Ex­cuses and Simba Bro­mac are among prom­i­nent en­trants who missed last Fri­day’s Group 1 Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup (2536m).

The WA Pac­ing Cup’s 12 starters and two emer­gen­cies will be named to­day.

“At least two new­com­ers are likely to force their way into the field when pan­el­lists make fi­nal de­ci­sions,” Glouces­ter Park Har­ness Rac­ing pres­i­dent John Burt said.

“Se­lec­tors will face a dif­fi­cult task to elim­i­nate some of the Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup run­ners.

“A num­ber of the un­placed divi­sion were out of luck.”

Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup run­ners Our Jimmy Johnstone and Mitch Maguire could be bal­loted out.

Trainer An­nie Bel­ton is op­ti­mistic Gotta Go Gab­bana will earn a start.

“She ran a great sec­ond af­ter rac­ing up to four-wide in the free-for-all (last Fri­day night),” Bel­ton said. “She drew seven and was trapped on the out­side.

“It was a top ef­fort to fin­ish only a half-head be­hind Im Full Of Ex­cuses. Gotta Go Gab­bana is jump­ing out of her skin de­spite the tough run. She’s won 11 races and de­serves her chance in top com­pany.”

WA Derby win­ner Hands and wheels was a last-start Clip­sal Pace win­ner on Jan­uary 4.

The Nathan Tur­vey-trained five-year-old Simba Bro­mac has won 19 of 32 starts.

Tur­vey will be in­el­i­gi­ble to drive in the cup af­ter re­ceiv­ing a 23-day sus­pen­sion for care­less driv­ing in the Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup.

Syd­ney star My Field Mar­shal, who has won 26 races and earned $1.3 mil­lion, heads WA Pac­ing Cup en­tries. Trainer Tim Butt said My Field Mar­shal had thrived since he won the Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup.

The Group 1 Mir­a­cle Mile win­ner opened his WA cam­paign with a vic­tory in the Group 2 Vil­lage Kid Pace (1730m) on De­cem­ber 28.

Co-train­ers Greg and Skye Bond’s eight WA Pac­ing Cup en­tries are led by Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup run­ner-up Galac­tic Star. They have also nom­i­nated un­placed run­ners Say­ing Grace, El Jacko, Vam­piro, Our Max Phac­tor, Mitch Maguire and Our Jimmy Johnstone to backup on Fri­day.

Rock Di­a­monds is an ad­di­tional WA Pac­ing Cup en­trant.

“Se­lec­tors will face a dif­fi­cult task to elim­i­nate some of the Fre­man­tle Pac­ing Cup run­ners.” Glouces­ter Park Har­ness Rac­ing pres­i­dent John Burt

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