Is anything Fasta Than Light?
RACING: Deagon galloper Fasta Than Light looks set to give veteran trainer Pat Duff his second Gympie Cup win in this afternoon's, $20,000 River Junction Gympie Cup.
Raced over 1600m, the Hidden Dragon six-year-old's sand form has been impeccable leading up to the feature with a 10-length win over the same distance in the Muster Cup in August on top of a six-length win in the Bundaberg Cup recently.
A country racing icon, Duff won the Gympie Cup in 1968 with Papilloma and will be the guest speaker at the Gympie Turf Club's annual members' lunch.
Turf Club president Shane Gill said the Gympie Cup is steeped in history and today's field has all the quality needed for a fitting finish to the Three Cup Trainers Challenge.
"It is always a day to look forward to," Gill said.
"It is an honour to have some of the sponsors we have in Tattersalls, Connolly Dore lawyers and River Junction."
Despite not having a Gympie-trained horse in the feature, Gill said the nature of racing is such that there are never any guarantees.
"It's unfortunate, but that's racing," he said.
Gates open at 11am with the first race jumping at 1.30pm.