Fremantle Pacing Cup Tips & Preview

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The Group 1 Fremantle Cup (2536m) will be run at Gloucester Park on Friday, November 20. Read on for our Fremantle Pacing Cup Tips and Preview.

Fremantle Pacing Cup Tips & Preview

Western Australia’s second biggest pacing event takes place with headline acts Chicago Bull and Shockwave continuing their rivalry.

The barrier draw has made sure that this will be a spectacle with four-year-old entire Shockwave drawing barrier three and Chicago Bull having a string of good draws broken as he comes out of barrier six.

Fremantle Pacing Cup Speed Map

The speed map is not clear cut with Bletchley Park drawing the inside barrier. Presumably, he will be looking to take a trail behind a suitable horse – the issue is that suitable horse could be Mighty Conqueror, Shockwave, Vampiro or Chicago Bull.

My initial thoughts are that Mighty Conqueror would be looking to find the lead, but I am far from confident about the map. Chicago Bull looks a big chance of landing the breeze position which could put Mighty Conqueror, Shockwave or Vampiro in the 1 out 1 back position. Perfect Major will enjoy a soft run three back on the pegs with Convert Denario also looking for the pegs.

Who will win the 2020 Fremantle Pacing Cup?

This looks a match race on paper unless both horses are forced to work extremely hard in the run. There are other winning contenders, but I will focus on the leading pair.

Gary Hall Snr trains seven-year-old gelding Chicago Bull who has an outstanding record of 88 starts for 59 wins, 14 seconds and 9 thirds. Big-race driver Gary Hall Jnr drives the champ and he has won 16 of 22 races this season, including 11 of his last 12. His versatility means he can sit outside the leader and be a big hope or be driven sit-sprint.

It’s hard to imagine Hall Jnr will be driving for luck in the Fremantle Cup and he should be alongside the leader in the early-to-middle stages of the race.

Ryan Bell trains Shockwave and Aiden De Campo is the regular reinsman. This season, Shockwave has won seven of 18 starts and his last 10 runs have really stamped him as an elite pacer in the state. He has four-straight seconds beside his name with all of them behind Chicago Bull.

The barrier draw didn’t help his cause in any of those four races, but this time around, he has drawn inside Bully and I believe he can turn the tables.

He won the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) in September when leading throughout to defeat Chicago Bull in 1:55.7 for this distance. If he can find the lead or sit close with cover, then he can pounce and race away with the Fremantle Cup.

Perfect Major looks the best roughie in the race. An up-and-coming prospect, Perfect Major was excellent when third behind the two favourites last start. He will need luck from his draw but should have plenty to offer late.