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Aiken has strong hand in Cobram Cup

Avenel trainer David Aiken will have four runners in today's Cobram Pacing Cup and the favourite in the Trotters Cup.

GUS UNDERWOOD December 27, 2013 4:05am

Avenel trainer David Aiken has loaded up for a serious assault on this afternoon’s Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup with four runners chasing the $25000 prize purse.

Aiken has last Saturday night’s Melton winner Smudge Bromac and the only other two handicapped runners in Wartime Sweetheart and Jaccka Clive, as well as Composed, in the 2678m marathon.

Jaccka Clive is the backmarker off 20m, while Wartime Sweetheart and Smudge Bromac will come from the 10m strand.

Composed has drawn barrier three off the front row.

Smudge Bromac and Wartime Sweetheart have been racing well of late and look sound each-way chances along with Jaccka Clive, who will be hard to beat if he produces his best form, despite his testing handicap.

New Zealand horseman Tim Butt has also targeted the race with recent Melton winner Pass Them By, who has drawn barrier four to run a big race for reinsman John Caldow.

Gaita Pullicino is another trainer who has targeted the race with two runners, Lovable Larrikin and Jaydens Castle, with the former looking the best chance.

Talented Sunraysia-trained pacer Uncle Wingnut will also have admirers in the race, despite drawing the outside of the front row, while Geoff Webster, who has won this race previously, will also attract attention with the well-drawn Rakarebel.

But Aiken is the key player in the race and the tough Smudge Bromac on an each-way basis may be the way for punters to go.

Apart from being a chance to land the pacing cup, Aiken also has a big chance to collect the Cobram Trotters Cup.

He lines up the talented My High Expectations in the $15000 feature and looks the one to toss, despite a 20m backmark.

Last year’s winner Bellingham, who comes off a 10m handicap, is the only other handicapped runner in the race and along with the Geoff Martin-trained and driven Monsieur Deville, who has drawn barrier two and the Chris Lang Sr-trained I See Icy Earl could be the main dangers to My High Expectations.

Today’s nine-event card kicks off at 1.47pm with the final event, the Cec Berger Memorial for three-year-olds, at 6.37pm.

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