It was a typically exciting night one of the Mildura Pacing Cup Carnival on Tuesday night with Im The Boss breaking a track record in the second of two heats for the weekend feature.
Sams The Master claimed the other heat in a blistering last half to hold off a competitive field, which included Messini, whose $25,000 Trots Country Cups Championship bid remained alive when he qualified for the final by tying with Shakahari for third place.
However, without doubt the performance of the night came from Im The Boss for trainer David Aiken and reinswoman Kima Frenning.
His winning chances took a hit when he couldn’t cross those drawn inside him early and he then got stirred up in a race in which they never stopped running.
He wasn’t to be denied however, hitting the lead off the back and holding off the late thrusts of Hickstead and Brallos Pass.
“He just continues to improve and get better, he has done an awesome job,” Frenning told trackside host Rob Auber following the victory.
The first leg of the quaddie saw a spirited betting duel between Shakahari and Messini in the opening Park Douglas Printing Mildura Cup heat but it was the drifter in the betting, Sams The Master, who defied all.
“He just kicked the wheel into that first bend so I was a little worried he was going to give me a tough trip but he settled well and while he couldn’t go any quicker in that last half he still has something up his sleeve for Saturday,” driver Greg Sugars told Auber post-race.
Rockstar Angel whipped around the field early to control the race from the breeze while Messini came from the rear with one big run and though he was given a trail into the action his run was phenomenal under the circumstances.
Earlier in the night She Keeps Coming was able to slip through the inside to take the first heat of the Working Man Club’s pace from Arden Castle and Misterfreeze
In the other heat for the C2-3 series Goodboy Cowboy was backed as if unbeatable ($9 into $2.70) and while punters would have had their hearts in their mouths at the 600-metre mark when he popped a tyre, it was a cosy and classy win over King Solomon at the finish.
The night continued with the first heat of the Mark Gurry and Associates Cup where Our Little General worked over time when eventually landing the breeze and still finding enough to outgun Glenferrie Bunter late.
The win can’t be underestimated either given the time between runs and the slick third quarter where he poured on the pressure.
Islandspecialmajor was able to lead in the second of the Mark Gurry and Associate Cup heats and proved too strong after copping some mid-race pressure.
With exciting racing a near on certainty in the Sunraysia, the opening night of the Mildura Cup Carnival for 2018 didn’t disappoint, highlighted too by the enthusiastic calling from Craig Rail
The carnival continues on Thursday with the Seelite Windows and Doors Mildura Trotters Cup before the big boys return on Saturday for what is sure to be an exciting Mildura Pacing Cup.