Pacorus hot on NZ Cup trail

Leading NZ Cup candidate Pacorus and regular rider Viktoria Gatu adding to their fine record together with an easy win in today's Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Leading NZ Cup candidate Pacorus and regular rider Viktoria Gatu adding to their fine record together with an easy win in today’s Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

Exciting Cambridge stayer Pacorus took yet another winning step toward his main distance goal in Christchurch next month with a dominant performance at Hawera today.

The five-year-old’s travel fund for Riccarton was further swelled when he was untroubled to bank the thick end of the stake in the Kaponga Hotel Egmont Cup.

“Everything has fallen into place for him,” said his Cambridge trainer Chris Wood. “He worked well during the week and he’s a very genuine horse.”

Pacorus has now won six of his last eight starts, including the Mitchelson Cup at Ellerslie, and is on his way to Riccarton for the Gr.3 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup on November 12.

“He will probably drop back to a mile at Te Rapa next then we’ll make our way down for the Cup,” said Wood.

Pacorus was ridden as usual by the stable apprentice Viktoria Gatu, who had the son of Tavistock travelling comfortably in fourth spot and one off the fence.

She eased him out three-wide to challenge for the lead 600 metres from home and Pacorus surged clear to comfortably hold his rivals at bay in the home straight.

“He’s a real stable favourite and Viktoria has had a great run on him,” said Wood.

Fellow New Zealand Cup entry Pump Up The Volume pleased his Cambridge trainer Ralph Manning when he finished on gamely from the tail of the field for second.

– NZ Racing Desk.