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Chicago Bull and Speeding Spur top ID18 rankings

05:00 PM 03 Oct 2018 NZDT
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The first rankings for Victoria’s TAB Inter Dominion pacing and trotting championships were released today, with a West Australian speed machine and New Zealand Group 1 winner installed on top.

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) handicappers named Gary Hall Snr’s six-year-old on top of the TAB Inter Dominion Pacing Championship rankings ahead of a huge first campaign out of Chicago Bull’s home state.

He is a winner of 38 of his 58 starts, but all have to date been staged in Western Australia, host of the previous three Inter Dominion editions. Chicago Bull’s first big trip has dates with the October 13 Pryde’s EasiFeed Victoria Cup and NZ Trotting Cup before December’s ID18.

Let It Ride (NSW), recent winner of Queensland’s Grand Circuit classic the Blacks A Fake, has been installed second, with Tiger Tara (NSW), Our Dream About Me (NZ) and Cruz Bromac (NZ) filling the top five.

Shadow Sax is the first of the Victorians at number six, and will fly the flag for the home state and trainer Emma Stewart.

In the first TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship rankings, handicappers believe Kiwi Speeding Spur, who ventured to Tabcorp Park Melton in 2016 and captured the $300,000 Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star, is well placed to bring more joy to New Zealand connections John (trainer) and Josh (driver) Dickie.

The Pegasus Spur seven-year-old has been ranked on top ahead of Victorian trainer Andy Gath’s dominant former Kiwi Tornado Valley and New Zealand entrant Temporale, who has placed but not saluted in his five previous Victorian starts, including a second in this year’s Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star.

Brent Lilley’s Kyvalley Blur (Vic) and former Victorian now WA trotter Glenferrie Typhoon, the 2017 Great Southern Star winner, complete the fop five.

The second lot of rankings will be released on October 17, the third on October 31 before the fourth and final rankings on November 21.

The focus then turns to the TAB Inter Dominion heats on December 1 (Tabcorp Park Melton), December 4 (Ballarat) and December 8 (Cranbourne) before the December 15 Grand Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton. Details:




Michael Howard
Trots Media

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