Thursday, September 27, 2018
There has been a change of plans for Mount Gambier SA Country Cup representative Hutch (pictured) who will now race from box eight in race one at Angle Park over 515 metres on Monday night.
Hutch, returning after a three month injury lay-off, was a smart heat winner at Tara Raceway last Sunday, Portland trainer Robert Halliday saying later that he doubted whether he would be able to give the black dog a look at Angle Park prior to the final on Friday, October 12.
However, he will now travel to Adelaide on Monday with fellow Portland trainer Brian Weis who has Theo’s Thunder (second to Hutch in last Sunday’s heat) engaged in a later race.
Theo’s Thunder will clash with Yvonne Maxwell’s Whyalla-trained Tarwyn Park who will contest the SA Country Cup final after winning the Port Augusta division on Saturday afternoon. Tarwyn Park defeated the Don Turner trained Crimson Sally, also through to final and also racing at Angle Park on Monday night.
Hutch, who will be racing at Angle Park for the first time, is sure to be better served from a final point of view after having raced at the track.
Mount Gambier’s other representative, the Jeff Guy trained Paraphernalia, raced at The Meadows over 600 metres on Wednesday afternoon but never really got into the race. He is likely to race at Tara Raceway on Sunday week as a lead-in to the final.
The other four Country Cup finalists will be known after one-off heats are run at Strathalbyn on Friday and Gawler on Sunday.