David Medhurst Memorial Pace

Wednesday 9 September 2015

The only harness racing meeting in Tasmania next weekend is a seven event program staged by the Tasmanian Pacing Club at UBET Park, Elwick. The main event is the David Medhurst Memorial Pace. David was killed in a tragic car accident a few years ago, and  the minor races are named after horses he trained or drove.

In House looks the one to beat after drawing barrier one in The Jouster Pace for C2 pacers. In House has been consistent since coming to the state not finishing further back than fifth in his races. In House finished second at his last start to the very promising Chirac, and if he repeats that performance should score. He is a five-year-old gelded son of Modern Art, and is trained by Ben Yole and will be driven by his brother Mark.

The very promising Fioki looks set to make it four in a row in the David Medhurst Memorial Pace, Fioki has recorded eight wins and seven placings from only nineteen life-time starts and the four-year-old gelded son of Jereme’s Jet looks to have a big future ahead of him. Fioki’s main dangers look to be  Angela De Marco, who will be driven by Ricky Duggan, and Our Maddy’s Star driven by Dylan Ford. Fioki is raced by Todd Rattray and will be driven by his brother Gareth.

Gifted Courage should break through for his first win in the Touchwood Bobsta Pace. His last start second to the promising Finn Mac Kee in fast time was very good for this type of race and he should be able to beat his five rivals. His main danger being Metrosilk, who finished third to Kalinda when having his first race start. Gifted Courage is a four year old gelded son of Courage Under Fire and is trained by Steven Lukac and will be driven by junior reinsman Tim Yole.

By Peter Cooley