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Harness Racing: Spirit Of St Louis strikes again

Spirit Of St Louis showed devastating speed to see off a high-class field and win the Group 1 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup on Saturday night.

The Belinda McCarthy-trained Spirit Of St Louis only arrived in Victoria two weeks ago but has swept aside all that has been put before him to become the star of the summer.

Dream team

Teaming up with reinsman Jack Callaghan, Spirit Of St Louis had already won the Shepparton and Bendigo Cups heading into Saturday night's assignment.

And the pair completed the hat-trick when taking out the Ballarat Pacing Cup, much to the delight of 20-year-old Callaghan who had every faith in his charge.

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"It’s pretty cool," Callaghan told TrotsVision after the win. "I won a (Group 1) a couple of years ago but it was definitely not the prestige of this. This is what you dream of as a kid.

"I believed in the horse. He had to do it a bit different than I thought at the start but I knew how good he is and he proved it tonight."

Spirit Of St Louis is not done yet either and is sure to be among the leading contenders for the Del-Re National A. G Hunter Cup which will take place on 5th February.

Thrilling race

A dramatic and thrilling race came down to a battle for the line between Spirit Of St Louis and Amazing Dream with the former getting up to win by just a half-neck.

Lochinvar Art continued on the comeback trail with a solid third, while Expensive Ego took fourth place and Callaghan was relieved to come out on top.

"It was definitely action packed that’s for sure," Callaghan added. "I didn’t really know what to think. Then I got a bit of cover and luckily it all worked out."

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