Little Louie has opened as favourite for the Tasco Petroleum Mildura Pacing Cup Final this Saturday night.

The Aaron Dunn-trained pacer is one of the lowest-rated horses in the series, but draws to advantage in gate one for tonight’s second heat and is $4 with the TAB to win the $50,000 final.

Little Louie was a last-start winner from the front at Melton and before that chased home Helluva in the Charlton Pacing Cup on March 17.

Julie Douglas-trained Earl Of Pembroke has been met with early support on the all-in market - trimming from $6 into $5 - while Dangerous (Shane Sanderson), Glenledi Elvis (Ellen Jones), Helluva (John Justice), Kowalski Analysis (David Lewis) and Serg Blanco (Steve Duffy) are all $9 chances.

The first five horses across the line in tonight’s two qualifiers progress to the Mildura Pacing Cup Final, which was won last year by Sahara Tiger.

Sanderson’s eight-year-old is $31 to win the final in 2024 and $26 for tonight’s heat against Little Louie, who is the $2.40 top elect.


Tonight’s nine-race card also includes heats of the Zilzie Wines Pace, Park Douglas Printing Pace and The Euston Club Pace, with finals of each series to be held on Saturday night at Mildura.

The three-day Mildura carnival also takes in a meeting on Friday evening.