WA Pacing Cup Tips & Preview

Trent Orwin in Harness Racing 4 Dec 2020
WA Pacing Cup Tips Chicago Bull (Jodie Hallows)

The Group 1 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) will be run at Gloucester Park on Friday, December 4. Read on for our WA Pacing Cup Tips and Preview.

WA Pacing Cup Tips and Preview

Western Australia’s biggest pacing event is here and Chicago Bull takes aim at his second Cup after winning both the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in 2017. He defeated John Of Arc and Soho Tribeca to win his first Cup.

Chicago Bull won the Fremantle Cup once again two starts ago beating Galactic Star and Shockwave. The latter has been stood down for three months.

WA Pacing Cup Speed Map

The speed map could see Vampiro leading the race which is what happened in the Fremantle Cup. The extra 400m doesn’t look to be in his favour though after fading to run sixth in the Fremantle Cup.

Jack Farthing has drawn barrier one and has gate speed but will be looking for a trail which is why Vampiro is the likely leader. Defending champion Mighty Conqueror is the other potential leader but it’s hard to see Chris Lewis being keen to trail that horse in his current state of form. X-factor horse To Fast To Serious should be three back on the pegs.

Chicago Bull will have to race outside the leader in order to win a second WA Pacing Cup but that’s his preferred position when he can’t lead in a race.

Who will win the 2020 WA Pacing Cup?

It is hard to go past WA’s megastar Chicago Bull. He is the only million-dollar earner in the race and the seven-year-old gelding is a multi-million-dollar earner at that with more than $2.2 million in the bank.

A winner of 60 races from 90 starts, Chicago Bull has been the king of Gloucester Park for a while now with 55 of his victories coming around Australia’s best racetrack.

This season, Chicago Bull has had 24 starts for 17 wins, 6 seconds and 1 third.

Chicago Bull backed up from his dominant Fremantle Cup win in the Group 2 RWWA Cup (2130m) where he finished a narrow second behind Perfect Major who draws outside Chicago Bull. It looked like a hit-out for little Bully rather than a must-win race which isn’t a surprise considering the holy grail is on tonight.

Gary Hall Snr and Jnr have owned the WA Pacing Cup throughout their respective careers and they can add another win to their list of achievements; Gary Hall Snr has won the race 11 times and Gary Hall Jnr has won it eight times.

Galactic Star will be one of the main threats. Four starts ago he struggled when leading in the Group 2 Navy Cup (2130m) but has quickly turned his form around with a win and two seconds, including the Fremantle Cup. Will be saved for one run at them late.

To Fast To Serious is the up and comer who ran third in the RWWA Cup off a soft run. He should have plenty to offer late and I don’t think the distance will be any issue for this speedy horse. If he can win or run a placing tonight, then I might rank him above his stablemate Magnificent Storm who looks like he will be a player in the Cups next season.

Jack Farthing has each-way claims in the race from the excellent draw. His form since arriving in WA has been good and he cannot be underestimated tonight.

Next best is Perfect Major but the draw really cruels his chances unless the race is run to suit.


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