Lilley mare the one to beat in Pacers Cup

JINDERA reinsman Leon Hancock is not tipping an upset result ahead of tomorrow night’s Albury Pacers Cup.

Hancock, who will partner Paul Land in the $12,000 feature, pinpointed the Brent Lilley-trained mare Flying Pocketlands as clearly the testing material.

“It looks a tough test for my horse and Flying Pocketlands looks hardest to beat,” Hancock said.

“Flying Pocketlands is a M5 horse with the next best horse Beach Melody is a M2 horse — so she has got a distinct class edge.

“Reneging is probably the most progressive horse in the race but she is yet to prove herself in this grade.”

Leading Albury bookmaker Kevin Walsh agrees with the assessment of Hancock that Flying Pocketlands and Beach Melody are the standouts.

Walsh has Beach Melody as the $2.20-favourite ahead of Flying Pocketlands at $2.80 with the Lyn Hancock-trained Paul Land a $51 chance.

Hancock is still chasing his first home town feature with a third placing with Manaranka in 2006 his previous best result.

Paul Land has finished unplaced in his previous three starts but nearly scored a huge upset in the Temora Cup in January when narrowly beaten as a 50/1 chance.

“Going on that performance he is capable of running a cheeky race tomorrow night with the right sort of run,” Hancock said.

“I will just look for cover early and hope they go hard up front and hopefully be steaming home late.”

Hancock has several drives on the eight-race card and nominated Irish Crest in the opening race as his best of the night.

The $8000 String Of Pearls, $8000 Albury Derby and $8000 2YO Jack Adams Memorial are the other feature races on a bumper program.

The first race of the TAB meeting is at 6.15pm with the last at 9.45pm. It’s free entry for Commercial Club members.

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