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Star Chamber stakes claim as state’s best pacer

05 / 01 / 2015 Article by: Peter Staples
Star Chamber strolls to an easy win in a heat of the Hobart Pacing Cup. icon Click to enlarge

STAR CHAMBER needs only to capture the Hobart Pacing Cup final in a fortnight to own the title of Tasmania’s best pacer following the gelding’s effortless win in a heat of the Hobart Pacing Cup at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Sunday night.

Star Chamber won the $40,000 Group 3 Tasmania Cup in Hobart last month to signal his arrival as a class act but some doubters questioned standard of that field.

But on Sunday night the Nathan Ford-trained and driven gelding stepped cleanly from his 20-metre handicap and settled midfield while Whodeani, having his first start for just over a year, stepped straight to the front and driver Gareth Rattray ensured a solid tempo.

Our Chain Of Command circumnavigated the field  midrace to face the breeze while Ford was content to sit back and wait until the field entered the back straight the last time to make his move.

Our Chain of Command put it to Whodeani at the top of the home straight and kicked clear but when Ford called on Star Chamber for the supreme effort the gelded son of Our Sir Vancelot put the end result beyond doubt within the blink of an eye.

“I couldn’t be happier with the horse and I am looking forward to the Hobart Cup final in a fortnight,” Ford said.