Gunbower pacing this weekend

By Riverine Herald

ELMORE trainer Keith Cotchin has made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to win the Gunbower Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup but believes he has the horse to give it a serious shake on Sunday.

Cotchin has the polemaker Brackenreid engaged in the 2630m marathon and is confident the hardy five-year-old son of Western Terror is a genuine eachway chance in an even and talented field for the club’s showcase event of the season.

‘‘He was really a handful but he is getting a lot better as he matures and although he hasn’t been over the distance before he gives every indication it will suit him,’’ Cotchin said.

Cotchin said the Michael Stanley trained and driven American Zest, who is ideally drawn in gate three, was probably the horse to beat in the race but it was a wide open affair.

‘‘There are a lot of chances and it should be a great race,’’ added Cotchin.

One of those chances is another local , the Echuca prepared Franks Very Much who will be driven by Abbey Turnbull for trainer Ros Rolfe.

Franks Very Much signalled a return to form with a second placing at his last outing at Shepparton on November 27.

Ardmona trained Sofala also looks in the race up to his ears along with Our Jimmie.

The Gunbower Trotters Cup has also drawn an even field of 11 starters.

Main hopes appear to be Jerichos Trumpet, Il Parita and Aleppo Murphy.

Heats of the MVP Cohuna Vicbred Platinum Series and the Stanton Insurance Brokers Vicbred Platinum Mares Championship are also features on the eight card which kicks off at 1.19pm with the final event at 5.24pm.

The club has concentrated on making it a day out for the all the family with many off-track attractions for the non serious punters.