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Harness Racing: Jimmy Mack set for Pacing Cup tilt

In-form pacer Jimmy Mack will contest the Strathalbyn Pacing Cup after all with owner Merv Butterworth having a change of heart ahead of Sunday's big race.

Jimmy Mack showed his class when taking out the Italian Cup at Globe Derby last week and Butterworth suggested after the win that his charge would sit out the Pacing Cup.

Change of heart

However Jimmy Mack has pulled up so well after the win, Butterworth has opted to tackle round two of the SA Cup series with the pacer and also stablemate Im Full Of Excuses.

"The Strathalbyn Cup wasn’t part of the plan this time last week, but things do and have changed," Butterworth said. "Les (trainer Les Harding) said they have both come through their runs so well they’re bucking their brands off so they may as well go around again."

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Jimmy Mack will be gunning for his 10th win on the bounce and will be driven by star reinswoman Dani Hill, but they have been drawn on the outside of the second row so will have work to do.

Im Full Of Excuses

Im Full Of Excuses has drawn better in barrier five and Butterworth is expecting further improvement from him after he finished third on his return to racing last week.

"After such a long break Im Full Of Excuses will be a major improver," Butterworth added. "He’s drawn well enough and will be very hard to beat.

"Jimmy Mack couldn’t be going any better, but I’d be more confident he can keep his winning streak going if he hadn’t drawn wide on the back line. The draw has made for an interesting race that’s for sure."

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