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    BALLARAT’S famed Cup night will undoubtedly host numerous intriguing battles. Along with the evening’s main event – the $110,000 Group One Cup – the... Cup night to host family feud
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    BALLARAT’S famed Cup night will undoubtedly host numerous intriguing battles.

    Along with the evening’s main event – the $110,000 Group One Cup – the program includes the E B Cochran Cup and Victoria Derby heats.

    While it is part of the support card, the C0 Final is destined to develop into a ‘family feud’ following last night’s second heat.

    Returning from a five-month spell, Bit Of A Dream made her way into the decider by accounting for Im Very Willing and Nikitaras.

    Enjoying the run of the race behind the leader before finishing strongly along the sprint lane, the daughter of Bettors Delight rated 1:55.4 over 1690 metres.

    Driven by Darren Pace, the mare is prepared by his father, respected horseman Vic.

    While the pair are set to join forces again, their rivals include Artchiever Chapel, which is prepared by another of Vic’s son, Joe.

    Ironically, Bit Of A Dream is a daughter of Dream Verdict, which was also trained by Joe!

    “Darren has another drive in the Final, but if he doesn’t drive my mare I will sack him,” Pace joked. “Joey also has one in the Final and I just hope I draw better than him.

    “If he beats me there will be a lot of trouble. He’s got his own grown up family, but he’s never too old to be told off by his Dad.”

    Part-owned by Vic, Bit Of A Dream will continue to be eased through the grades, with the trainer confident the four-year-old can reach metropolitan level.

    “She’s going to be a nice mare I reckon,” Pace said. “She gave us a lot of trouble as a two and three-year-old as she got injured a lot.

    “I’d put her in a paddock and she’d kick the fence or hurt herself and I’d have to give her six months off, then the season would pretty much be over.

    “Right now she is putting it together and going nicely, so hopefully she can keep it going.”

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