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Multi-country cup winner Phoenix Prince has his first start in nearly two years in the $ 70,000 Bendigo Pacing Cup on Saturday night. Due to an injury, the eight-year-old athlete trained by Emma Stewart has not raced since finishing last in the Ballarat Pacing Cup in 2020. The race came at the end of exceptional preparation. Phoenix Prince won the Geelong, Cranbourne and Shepparton Cups, as well as a second place finish in the Bendigo Cup. The Bendigo Pacing Cup kicks off three great weeks with the Shepparton and Ballarat Cups to follow. The $ 110,000 PETstock Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup on Saturday January 22 is the opening reunion of Harness Racing Victoria’s “Nights of Glory” carnival. Stewart also has Demon Delight in the Bendigo Cup. It marks the six-year-old’s return to her Cardigan stable. He also spent a long time off the stage before reappearing for Terang coach Matt Craven in November. He has made two outings for Craven and it will be his first race start since December 4th. Triple Eight (coached by Jess Tubbs in Myrniong), Rackemup Tigerpie (Michael Stanley, Burrumbeet) and Bettor Be The Bomb (Basil Dooley, Allendale) are other Ballarat District Representatives in the Group 2 event. to complete a major Inter Dominion campaign in Sydney, where he finished in the top four in each of three sets to advance to the final. Rackemup Tigerpie showed his best form for some time with two-thirds in a row, including his last start in the Sokyola Sprint at Ballarat, while Bettor Be The Bomb finished second in the same race on Boxing Day. THE Ballarat Pacing Cup reunion will feature a stage from the Aurora Australis series for trotters. The series will consist of eight races until the end of the “Summer of Glory” carnival on February 26th. Races earn $ 680,000 in wagering plus $ 50,000 for the horse with the most points in the series. Ballarat will feature the EB Cochran Cup. The series begins in Bendigo on Saturday night with the $ 1,50,000 Maori Mile group. Cardigan mare Im Ready Jet takes on the Maori Mile for trainer Anton Golino. Im Ready Jet was a consistency model at four years old last season and returns to open class business after finishing third in the Vicbred Super Series final for 4-year-old trotting mares on New Years Eve. She will face a draw inside the second row in an area that includes million dollar winning Tornado Valley and New Zealand star Majestic Man, who has played in the Inter Dominion series and comes to a fourth place finish at Cranbourne .