Veteran pacer Vultan Tin wins thriller for Narrogin Cup
Veteran pacer Vultan Tin has fended off a late challenge from Antero to cling on for a thrilling victory in the Group 3 $30,000 TABtouch Narrogin Cup on Saturday night.
Trained and owned by Phil Costello, Vultan Tin took his career prize money towards $1 million after the cup triumph.
Vultan Tin was driven by Shannon Suvaljko and jumped smartly from gate one on the front line immediately to lead the field of 10.
The nine-year-old controlled the pace in front and was challenged on the final lap by Miracle Moose who at one stage hit the front.
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Vultan Tin responded to the urgings of Suvaljko, however, and fought back on the final corner to regain the lead and then did enough in the final 150m to hold a fast-finishing Antero at bay.
After jumping a $2.50 chance in the 2662m feature race, Vultan Tin hung on to win by a head in a slick mile rate of 1min.57.4sec. over Antero while Babyface Adda got up on the inside to run third.
Major Times started the $2.20 favourite in the race and finished last.
It was a 29th career win for Vultan Tin who has now won $930,401 and moves closer to joining an elite group of pacers that have won $1 million in prize money.
Earlier this month Vultan Tin won the Group 2 Pinjarra Cup and then ran fifth in the Group 2 Bunbury Cup on March 5.
It was a fantastic night out for Suvaljko who ended up with a winning double on the nine-race card.
He drove Soho Gigolo to victory in the opening event on cup night, and hot favourite Meteoroid bolted in by 13.5m in the ninth race with Suvaljko in the sulky.
All The Bells was a narrow winner of the Iron Jack Fillies & Mares RWWA Feature Westbred Pace for trainer Barry Howlett and reins-man Chris Voak.
Trainer-driver Donald Harper scored success in the Iron Jack Entires & Geldings RWWA Feature Westbred Pace with rising four-year-old Make It Happen, prevailing by a half-head in a thrilling finish over The Stars Above.
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