It was the perfect finale to a brilliant Mildura Cup Carnival on Saturday night as Im The Boss staved off his rivals to claim the Park Douglas Printing Mildura Pacing Cup honours.
Having broken the track record from the breeze just four days earlier, bookmakers were taking no risks earlier in the week as he opened deep in the red at $1.55 before a gradual drift out to even money at race time.
The race went to the script many expected when Im The Boss was able to get across the polemarker Shakahari early and then control the race through the middle stages.
The other class runner, Messini, tried to move three-wide through the last lap and a half but the pressure went on and it became a pegline dominated affair.
Shakahari emerged as the sole threat on the bend after having the cushy run but Im The Boss had too much left in the tank and took the feature in what was reinswoman Kima Frenning’s biggest ever win.
It was the second country cup for the son of Major In Art this term having also won the Cobram Pacing Cup and placed in the Warragul Pacing Cup, all after having arrived at David Aiken’s less than six months ago.
Kotare Roland proved he’s as good as ever with a closing third from three poles with Brallos Pass in fourth.
The other highlights of the night were dominated by Greg Sugars as he steered Emain Macha to win the Mark Gurry and Associates Cup before Little Peanut was brave and strong to take the Tankard Dental Mildura Guineas.
King Solomon was the other big winner on the night scoring in the Working Man’s Club Final.
On Thursday night Belts was able to annex the Mildura Trotters Cup for Damien Burns and Anthony Butt, who flew to the Sunraysia for just the one drive on the night.