Yarra Valley Pacing Cup shaping as a classic

October 30, 2017
by Cody Winnell
The lawns at sunny Yarra Valley.

Two Victorian Inter Dominion heavyweights in rising star San Carlo and established superstar Lennytheshark are a chance to clash at Yarra Valley trots on Oaks Day, Thursday, November 9.

Lennytheshark’s trainer David Aiken today confirmed to Trots Media the recent Victoria Cup winner and two-time reigning Horse of the Year would head to Yarra Valley for the club’s annual Pacing Cup before flying to Perth on Sunday, November 19, ahead of the first round of Inter Dominion heats on the 24th.

San Carlo’s driver Bec Bartley said the Stephen O’Donoghue-trained winner of 20-of-24 would most likely run at Yarra Valley if he pulled up well from Maryborough before flying to Perth for the Inters, however, there is still a chance the San Carlo team may look elsewhere for their lead-up race.

Aiken outlined Lennytheshark’s plans: “He’ll trial at Shepparton on Thursday and then we’ll go to Yarra Valley,” Aiken said.

“This year we’re getting to WA five days before the race as opposed to 12 days before like we have in the past. Lenny will be staying at David Thompson’s place. He’s a great fella and Lenny knows his surrounds there very well.”

Adding even more intrigue to the Yarra Valley Cup will be Tim Butt-trained gun My Field Marshal, who produced an enormous second behind San Carlo from a back-row draw at Maryborough.

“He’s going to Yarra Valley and then will have a few easy days and we’ll probably find another race between then and the South Australian Cup. That’d be his next main aim,” reinsman Anthony Butt said.

“He went massive at Maryborough. The leader got a good first lap and we couldn’t have asked him (My Field Marshal) to go any better than he did.”

Yarra Valley Pacing Cup is always a great day out, with fashion especially a highlight at the feature meeting set among the beautiful surrounds in prime wine and food country.

Book you and your friends into Yarra Valley Pacing Cup Day today via the club’s website: https://country.racing.com/yarra-valley/calendar/2017-11-09/yarra-valley-pacing-cup-day


Media enquiries to:

Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)
t: 03 8378 0288 | e: cwinnell@hrv.org.au | tw: @codywinnell

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