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Harness Racing: Zarem wins Echuca Cup

Zarem looks set to be aimed at the Group 2 $30,000 Aldebaran Park Bendigo Trotters Cup following his win in the Group 3 Echuca Trotters Cup.

The six-year-old took out the Echuca Cup despite starting from a 10m handicap with the race going right to the wire.

Last-gasp win

With Ellen Tormey in the sulky Zarem chased down Get Lucky and Moreton Bay as the finish line approached and just managed to get ahead of his rivals.

The win was even more special as it was horsewoman Carla Innes-Goodridge’s first Cup winner as a trainer.

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“It was a huge thrill,” she said after the win. “It’s great to win any race, but winning a Cup is special.”

The trainer also had plenty of praise for her driver who managed to get the job done in the final strides. And it took a great drive to get Zarem there.

“He just likes to be covered up in his races. Ellen deserves a lot of credit as she always looks after him,” she added.

Bargain buy

Picked up for a bargain $9000, Zarem has now picked up 10 wins and 27 placings from 77 starts, earning more than $120,000 in the process. So it was money well spent.

“When I got him he had a few quirks but he’s always had ability. He’s got stronger and more confident as he’s got older,” she said. “He’s very quick on his feet.”

Now the he Group 2 $30,000 Aldebaran Park Bendigo Trotters Cup on 8th April is the target as Zarem looks to keep the good times rolling.

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