Elvis rocks while Phillips is declared Queenie of Birchip

Michelle Phillips was determined to ‘take no prisoners’ when the gates folded back in the Sharps Bakery Mallee Bull Birchip Pacing Cup.

Harness racing.
Harness racing. Picture: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Phillips sooled Outback Queenie from her wide draw to find the lead while the $3.20 favorite Warrantee settled down last from its awkward inside second row draw.

Outback Queenie ($6) was pressured by Rakajed down the back however the leader gained a winning break around the home turn and held on to get the verdict by a head from the fast finishing Sporting Rage.

Phillips admitted she had specific pre-race views on how the race should be tackled when asked by trainer Tim Mortlock.

"It's a front runners track so I told Tim that I would turn the handle bars down on her at the start and she had enough gate speed to cross from wide out," Phillips said.

Outback Queenie also speared to the lead from a wide alley to salute at Boor last start Phillips said it was time to utilize the mare's considerable early speed.

"She has always had the gate speed but we have just tried to use it wisely and not waste it when she has had good horses on her inside because she is not a death seat horse," she said.

Phillip admitted she was coerced into running a 28.9 back straight quarter around the tight Birchip circuit.

"I had no choice because they eyeballed me down the back and then I had to stop driving her approaching the turn because the horse on my back was hitting my helmet," she said.

The win provided the 26-year-old Phillips with her second cup success within a week after she partnered Harryhoo to victory in last week's Boort Pacing Cup.

Later that night race goers who enjoyed a balmy Autumnal evening at Avian Park Raceway witnessed a thrilling three-way finish in the Wangaratta Pacing Cup.

Wotdidyusaaay bounded to the lead but was joined by the $1.45 favorite Glenledi Elvis mid race as the pair took the field through a genuine run affair reeling off 58.2 from the 1200 to 400 metres.

Glenledi Elvis joined Wotdidusaaay half way down the home straight and just managed to stave off the fast finishing Morvah by half a head with half a neck separating the first three horses across the line.

The winner returned a track record mile rate of 1:57.9 for the 2210 metres cup trip.

Despite the narrow margin, driver Blake Jones was suitably impressed by the five-year old's effort.

"I thought he went super," Jones said.

"He had to do all the work and managed to hold on in track record time," he said.

Glenledi Elvis is now a three-time cup winner since arriving from New Zealand six months ago.

"He only does as much as he has to on the track at home but when we took him for his first trial he ran third behind two metro class horses and I didn't pull the plugs," he said.

Jones indicated Glenledi Elvis will be targeting further cup spoils in the Wagga Pacers Cup at the end of the month.

"After Wagga he will go to the paddock- he has come a long way in a short time," he said.