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Meteor streaks to victory in the cup

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February 12, 2018

MOTU Meteor blitzed the field to win the $30,000 Moama Bowling Club Echuca Pacing Cup on Saturday night.

Almost unbackable at $1.40, the red-hot favourite ran the race according to the script with the rest of the field at 5/1 or better.

Form analysts predicted the Kerryn Manning trained and driven four-year-old gelding would take the lead from barrier two and be tracked by his main danger Shakahari, which would get the run on his back.

Then in the final straight the pair would fight it out to the finish of the 2560m marathon.

And that’s exactly what happened.

Once Manning got her horse to the front you could put the binoculars down, the race was as good as over, with the NZ-bred horse more than 2m clear as it crossed the line.

The Steve O’Donoghue trained and Bec Bartley driven Shakahari tried valiantly in the straight with a sprint lane run to try and collar the $1.40 favourite but it was never going to happen.

It was Motu Meteor’s first win since Ballarat on October 28.

And that win ended a spectacular purple patch for this consistent horse – between July 6 and that run in Ballarat he won five of seven starts and was third and fourth in the other two.

Saturday night gives the horse 11 wins and 11 placings from 29 starts and boosted his career earnings to $212,230.

Motu Meteor is a son of premier sire Bettors Delight and rated a respectable 1.59.9 for the testing trip, which never threatened the track record of 1.57.1 set by Stormfortheboys in winning last year’s cup.

But Motu Meteor’s last half, in a scorching 55.9, was probably as quick as any pacer has produced for a final sectional over that distance on the Frank Ryan Raceway.

Backmarker Sky Petite claimed the other feature on the night, the $12,000 JA Connelly Crystal Bucket, after a perfectly judged race by Shepparton reinsman Ryan Duffy.

The Dean Pattison trained mare came off a 40m handicap to beat front marker Kyvalley Boomerang and last start Wangaratta Trotters Cup winner Forestspider, which came from the 10 metres strand.

It was the six-year-old Skyvalley mare’s 19th career win and her second country cup this season, having also won the Gunbower Trotters Cup in November.

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