Horsham Harness Racing Club thrilled with nominations for pacing cup

HORSHAM Harness Racing Club officials are over the moon with the quality and numbers of nominations received for Sunday afternoon's gala Wimmera Mail-Times Pacing Cup meeting.

President Justin Lane said the big names the club had hoped for would be in attendance.

"The stage is set for a feast of fabulous racing," he said.

"We've been blessed with a weather forecast of 24 degrees and now we have the Aussie superstar Smoken Up set to clash with Kiwi champ Mah Sish, our classy local hope Abettorpunt and future grand circuit contenders Im Corzin Terror, Keayang Steamer and Magical Telf."

A horse Mr Lane failed to mention was the family's own cup wildcard, home-bred gelding National Service, which ran a mighty race behind Smoken Up in last week's blistering Ballarat Lightning Mile.

The evergreen 11-year-old Smoken Up has won more than 70 races and $3.5 million in stakemoney.

Mah Sish boasts 14 victories from 41 starts and a bank of $771,000 and Abettorpunt who has 21 wins from just 51 outings for $306,000 is set to take the next big step.

"An added bonus will be the appearance of trotter Blitzthemcalder in the Horsham Trotters Cup," Mr Lane said.

"The four-year-old stallion has rockstar looks and the ability to match as his record of 20 wins from 31 starts and $356,000 testifies.

"He could well be performing on the world stage this time next year."

Mr Lane said people should not miss the chance of seeing the trots at their best.

He said people should bring the family, pack the picnic hamper, enjoy the racing and off-track entertainment, competitions and giveaways.

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