The $25,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup saw class prevail when the 30m back marker, Choise Achiever NZ, stormed home to score on the last stride in a blanket finish with Composed and Washmepockets NZ.January 2, 2013 4:00am
Choise Achiever NZ on the outside snatches the Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup in the last stride from Composed.
As close as one could get to a dead heat, the David Aiken-trained Composed (second-placed in last year’s cup) was once again the ‘bridesmaid’.
Pole marker, Amadmancomesundone stepped quickly from the barrier to take the lead position, however reinsman Greg Sugars looking for a record fourth cup pushed his charge, Veranjee early in the race to take over the front running.
Chris Alford, aware of Composed’s liking to control the pace soon threw out the challenge to take over the role as pacemaker.
Fighting off all challengers in the final run home after having led most of the 2678
Nevertheless the 2012 Hunter Cup Champion had all the momentum in the dying stages as he powered home wide down the outside of the track in one of the most amazing Cobram Cup wins, recording a sizzling last quarter of 26.9; the mile rate from a standing start being 2.10.2, just .3 seconds outside Mister Zion’s 2009 track record.
It is ironic that the winner of last year’s Cobram Cup, Jaccka Clive NZ was second to Choise Achiever NZ in the Hunter Cup being pipped by the shortest of margins.
Choise Achiever NZ now joins a prestigious list of cup winners as well as adding to his reinsman John Caldow’s cup successes of 1991 and 2000.
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