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EQUITANA Melbourne patrons will be offered the opportunity to witness the excitement of the trots through free entry into one of the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion events with a recognised 2018 EQUITANA Melbourne gate pass. In December, the TAB Inter Dominion returns to Victoria for the first time in 10 years, and the reintroduction this year of the Trotting Inter Dominion Championship – to run alongside the Pacing Inter Dominion Championship – will see the best standardbred horses of both gaits journey to Victoria for Australasia’s most prestigious harness racing event. ID18 opens with heats at Tabcorp Park Melton on opening night, Saturday December 1, followed by heat nights two and three at Ballarat (December 4) and Cranbourne (December 8). Then, on Saturday night December 15, ID18 culminates with the exhilarating Inter Dominion Grand Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton. The Seven Network will broadcast TAB Inter Dominion Grand Final Night between 9pm and 10.30pm. For all equine enthusiasts, the EQUITANA and TAB Inter Dominion events provide a unique opportunity to experience two vastly different aspects of the equine world. EQUITANA is famous as an education, entertainment and shopping frezy, and the ID18 showcases the most exciting harness racing in the southern hemisphere, and you can have both for the price of one EQUITANA ticket. HRV’s HERO (Horse Education and Re-homing Opportunities) program will feature at EQUITANA. Secure your EQUITANA ticket at   CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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: CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB ID18 PACING RANKINGS CLICK HERE FOR THE TAB ID18 TROTTING RANKINGS   Michael Howard Trots Media

Nominations for the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion series in Melbourne later this year have now closed. A total of 104 pacers are chasing the code’s ultimate prize while 88 trotters are striving for greatness, it’s the first time since 2012 that a trotting series has been staged. Ironically, the last trotting series staged was won by the star performer I Can Doosit, prepared by master horseman Mark Purdon. With most states of Australia represented across both divisions plus both islands of New Zealand, the series looks loaded with talent. And the Sunshine State is amongst the early action. The John Cremin prepared Melpark Royal Son and the Grant Dixon trained duo of Miracle Rising and Our Overanova are all nominated for the trotting series. In the pacing division, Grant Dixon has a trio nominated including Alleluia, Frankie Rocks and Ohoka Punter while Chantal Turpin has nominated both Mattgregor and Watch Pulp Fiction. The last pacing series staged in Melbourne back in 2008 went the way of Queensland champion Blacks A Fake. A winner of four Inter Dominion Grand Finals, ‘Blackie’ scored a dominant victory at Moonee Valley. The first round of rankings will be released by Harness Racing Victoria tomorrow (Wednesday). The series starts on December 1 with the Grand Finals scheduled for December 15 at TABCORP Park, Melton.   Chris Barsby

The return of the pinnacle of Australasian harness racing, the Inter Dominion Series, to Victoria after a 10-year hiatus will have a national television audience as the next generation of pacers and trotters clash in Melbourne in December. The Seven Network has signed on to provide a 1.5-hour live coverage of the Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting finals on Saturday night, December 15. “The Inter Dominion is a major sporting event and the biggest harness race in Australasia so put simply it belongs on free-to-air television,” HRV Chairman Dale Monteith said. “We’re delighted to be in that space from 9pm until 10.30pm on Saturday December 15 and I’m sure everybody who tunes in will thoroughly enjoy the coverage.” Mr Monteith said fellow HRV Board member Danny Frawley had been integral in securing the Channel 7 partnership. “I must acknowledge the fantastic work of Danny Frawley, who has facilitated this arrangement and worked really hard behind the scenes to make it happen,” Mr Monteith said. “We’re really pleased to be aligned with the Seven Network and looking forward to building long-term relationships with Australian media and broadcasters of sport to ensure current and future generations can continue to enjoy the thrill and excitement of trots for many years to come.”   Cody Winnell Trots Media

SIDELINED star Hectorjayjay won’t be ready in time for the Melbourne Inter Dominion. New trainer Matty Craven had hoped the multiple Group 1 winner was on target with his latest comeback, but scans during this week proved a setback. “One part of the tendon has healed well, but the other part needs more time,” he said. “He had some more PRP (platelet rich plasma) treatment and will go back into his box. “We’ll get him scanned again in eight weeks and if it looks ready, we’ll step his work up again. “So that’s obviously the end of the Inter Dominion and anything this year. Probably the Miracle Mile as well. “But this is really the last shot we’re going to have at getting him back, so we won’t take any risks or rush anything.” Hectorjayjay first went amiss after his career-best win in the Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park last July. His only run since came on June 21 this year where he won easily at Kilmore, but then sustained another tendon injury when trained by Gavin Lang. He was transferred to Craven soon after so he could mix beach training at Warrnambool into his rehabilitation program. Adam Hamilton

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) advises that the deadline for trainers to nominate for the 2018 Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships is Monday October 1 (12.00pm AEST)*. The first round of rankings will be released by HRV on Wednesday October 3. Full Inter Dominion Conditions are available on *Horses not nominated at this time can only be made eligible to contest the 2018 Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships by paying a late fee per Clause 13 of the Conditions. Connections wishing to nominate for the 2018 Inter Dominion can do so via the below methods: Online via HarnessWeb, using racecodes:  Pacers: MXM01121801  Trotters: MXM01121806 E-mail: Fax: 03 9214 0695 Nominations will not be accepted over the phone unless confirmed in writing as above.   Harness Racing Victoria

With a family background steeped in harness racing, Mathew Scott has an intimate understanding of the history and tradition of the Inter Dominion. Scott has been a regular spectator at the Interdominion’s, but the 41-year-old has long held an ambition to be an active participant in the series. And just five months out from the Inter Dominion at Melton in early December, Scott is on track to be granted his wish with a square gaiter. After stringing together four consecutive wins in a row, Glenferrie Typhoon has surged into the reckoning for the Trotters Inter Dominion. “I have been to the Inter Dominions before,” Scott told Tabradio. “I’ve been to Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. “As a kid growing up all you want to do is to get a horse that you can actually take. “There is still a lot of water to go under the bridge, but that’s our aim with him.” Glenferrie Typhoon, who has earned half a million dollars in stake earnings, came to Western Australia from Melbourne earlier this year. He boasts three Group 1 wins including the Great Southern Star final at Melton in 2017 when he rated 1.58.8 to defeat Speeding Spur. Scott, who recently passed 300 wins as a trainer, said Glenferrie Typhoon had made a perfect transition to his new environment. “He had some soundness issues probably in the past 12-months in Melbourne,” Scott said. “After the Southern Star I think they could only get one run in him and he spent about eight months away from the track. “But touch wood it’s been a great effort from my vet, farrier and chiropractor to get him how he is. He is sound as.” Glenferrie Typhoon, driven by Shannon Suvaljko, showed gate speed to lead out of the mobile and win untouched by five metres at Gloucester Park on Friday, Despite his impressive strike rate since crossing the Nullarbor, Scott believes there is a stack of improvement left in the brown gelding. “We know the times he is running isn’t anywhere near Inter Dominion times,” Scott said. “But at the moment we are doing what we have to do with him. “He is still only about 80 per cent fit and still blows hard after his runs. “He still has more improvement in him.”   Julio Santarelli

This year's Victorian racing calendar has an exciting new addition with the most prestigious event in Australasian harness racing, the Inter Dominion (ID18), returning to Victoria after a decade-long hiatus. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) is today pleased to announce the official launch of the ID18 website - The new site is your one stop shop for everything ID18, including dining packages, raceday information, race history and programming, transport and accommodation. All raceday events offer a great variety of options with something that is sure to cater for all tastes and budgets ranging from General Admission tickets (from just $10!) through to all-inclusive premium hospitality packages in a range of exclusive settings. Australia and New Zealand have several trots headline events throughout all regions and across the calendar, but nothing matches the Inter Dominion for the interest of sports and racing fans. Opening with the hard-fought Heats at Tabcorp Park Melton (Dec 1), Ballarat (Dec 4) and Cranbourne (Dec 8) and culminating in the Grand Final at Tabcorp Park on Saturday December 15, ID18 will showcase some of Australasia's greatest equine athletes. With four different champions in the past four years, the scene is set for the next champion to etch their name in harness history. While racing is the central theme, ID18 is about more than horses and their trainers and drivers as the worlds of sport, entertainment, food and fashion collide in a unique spectacle. The Grand Final will be a celebration for the young and the young at heart, with a wide selection of sought-after food trucks (think lobster rolls, Korean fried chicken and sweet crepes) - now such a vital part of Melbourne's epicurean ecology - and the fun of roving entertainment, children's activities and celebrity guests. Check out the new site, grab your tickets and leave some petrol in the tank after this year's spring carnival because the party continues - see you at ID18!  Media enquiries: CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA PO BOX 184, MOONEE PONDS, VIC 3039 400 EPSOM ROAD, FLEMINGTON, VIC 3031 t: 03 8378 0288 | f: 03 9214 0699 | e:  

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today officially announced the return of the time-honoured Inter Dominion (ID) Trotting Championship.   The ID Trotting Championship was placed in a period of hiatus after the win of I Can Doosit at Tabcorp Park Melton in 2012, no longer forming part of the annual Inter Dominion carnival in following years in New South Wales and Western Australia.   However, the recent decision by Harness Racing Australia (HRA) to rescind a previous motion “preventing the use of the term and conduct of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship” paved the way for the current Inter Dominion hosts – HRV, Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ) – to reinstate the ID Trotting Championship.   “It is a wonderful outcome for the trotting gait, to have the Trotting Inter Dominion reinistated alongside the pacers’ Inter Dominion,” HRV CEO David Martin said.   “There has been significant growth in trotting in recent years and the 2018 Australasian Premier Trotting Sale produced strong results.   “The Inter Dominion Trotting Championship has a rich history and has been won by some famous horses, including Sundons Gift, who went back-to-back at Moonee Valley in 2009 and 2010, Lyell Creek, Pride Of Petite, True Roman and Scotch Notch.   “We’re proud to announce the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship will feature as a key part of our ID18 line-up of races and we look forward to hosting the best trotters in Australasia as they target this illustrious series.”     Victorian Square Trotters Association (VSTA) President Nick Youngson celebrated the decision.   “The promotion of the squaregaiter through the Inter Dominion series has always been enormously important and the VSTA wishes to thank HRA and the Inter Dominion hosts HRV, HRNSW and HRNZ for this action,” Mr Youngson said.   “We can’t wait to see the best trotters vying it out for the Inter Dominion trophy at Ballarat, Cranbourne and Tabcorp Park Melton later this year.”     CODY WINNELL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

Harness Racing Australia (HRA) members yesterday unanimously endorsed a motion to rescind a previous motion preventing use of the term and conduct of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship. The Special General Meeting was the final piece in the puzzle required to allow co-hosts Harness Racing Victoria (HRV), Harness Racing New Zealand (HRNZ), Harness Racing New South Wales (HRNSW) and Club Menangle to conduct the Inter Dominion Pacing and Trotting Championships together for the first time since 2012, and follows the recent decision of the Inter Dominion Event Committee (IDEC) to support the return of the trotting feature. HRA Chairman, Mr Michael Taranto, who is also one of two Australian IDEC members, was delighted with the outcome. “While the Special General Meeting decision was mostly procedural, the importance of the decision cannot be understated as it now formally returns and elevates the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship, and all its history, to the pinnacle of Australasian trotting features – its rightful place many would say.  I sincerely thank the HRA Membership for their support of the motion and now look forward to the co-hosts providing a rotation of outstanding Inter Dominion Championship Series’ for both pacers and trotters in the years ahead”. For more information contact Andrew Kelly on 03 9227 3000.   Harness Racing Australia

Ballarat and Cranbourne clubs will each host 2018 Inter Dominion heats, providing a significant boost to both local economies. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) today announced the two clubs had been selected to host the second and third rounds of the Inter Dominion series, which returns to Victoria for the first time since 2008. General Manager of Racing Glen Canty said HRV was delighted with the quality of the seven submissions from clubs wishing to host Inter Dominion heats. “The Board was in no doubt that each of the seven clubs could successfully host the heats, but ultimately only two clubs could be selected,” Mr Canty said. “The Board wishes to convey its appreciation for the quality of club submissions, which bodes well for the future when the Inter Dominion returns to Victoria in 2021 and 2024.” In further exciting Inter Dominion news today it was also revealed the Trotting Inter Dominion would make a return for the first time since 2012. “The trotting population now comprises almost a quarter of the total harness population in Victoria, so it was vital to recognise that appropriately. The 2018 Inter Dominion will now showcase both gaits,” Mr Canty said. Cranbourne and Ballarat were ecstatic to receive the news they would play a key role in the 2018 Inter Dominion. “We’re very excited and proud that our magnificent facility has been chosen to host the penultimate night of this time-honoured series,” Cranbourne President Bill Hutchison said. “The Ballarat Club is extremely excited to be given the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Inter Dominion to be conducted by Harness Racing Victoria. The club has a proven track record of hosting premium events and hopes to capitalise on the exposure of the 2018 PETstock Ballarat Cup experienced in a record-breaking year,” Ballarat CEO Paul Rowse said. “We’re looking forward to working closely with HRV and the City of Ballarat to showcase the best of harness racing and at the same time sharing the spotlight with Ballarat’s world-class tourist attractions.” Tabcorp Park Melton will host the first round of Inter Dominion heats on Saturday December 1 before the action heads to Ballarat for the second round on Wednesday December 5. The third round of heats will be run at Cranbourne on Saturday December 8 before the Grand Final night back at Melton on Saturday December 15. Racing conditions are yet to be determined, with discussion points in coming weeks to include the possibility of Ballarat installing a temporary sprint lane if required. Trots Media - Cody Winnell

The Inter Dominion will retain its traditional three rounds of heats followed by a Grand Final in Victoria next year. Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has worked with Harness Racing New South Wales/Club Menangle and Harness Racing New Zealand to agree on an approach that will maintain the traditional Inter Dominion heat format. "We, along with our partners, have agreed it is in the best interests of the Inter Dominion series to run with three rounds of heats," HRV CEO David Martin said. "Feedback from punters, participants and fans suggests this is what people want, and given how exciting the build-up was to the Perth Inter Dominion, this is also what works. "We thank the Inter Dominion Events Committee (IDEC) for approving this request." Last month, Harness Racing Australia revealed Victoria, NSW and NZ would be hosting the Inter Dominion for the next nine years, with consideration of other jurisdictions joining in during the second or third rotations. HRV has invited Victorian clubs to apply to host Inter Dominion heats next year, for heats to be held at venues away from Tabcorp Park Melton. Melton will host the Inter Dominion Grand Final on December 15, 2018. Harness Racing Victoria

After crossing the line in third in Friday night’s Inter Dominion grand final, Bathurst product Todd McCarthy was the first to shake the hand of harness racing trainer-driver Mark Purdon. While McCarthy did all he could to see Tiger Tara win the $1.1 million classic at Gloucester Park, he knew he was beaten by a special horse in Purdon’s Lazarus. Starting as the $1.90 favourite, Lazarus was one out and two back early before making a move to sit in the death outside Tiger Tara ($7.20) with just over two laps to go. McCarthy had pinched a 99.9 seconds lead time in the 2,963 metres contest and had the Kevin Pizzuto trained horse travelling well after securing the lead from barrier one. Tiger Tara had beaten Purdon’s champion five-year-old in the heats of the series and McCarthy was looking to repeat that success. But through the final bend Lazarus drew level with McCarthy’s chance and then ran away from the field down the straight. Clocking 27.4 and 27.2 splits in the run home, Lazarus picked up his 14th Group 1 win. “He is the best horse I have ever trained”, Purdon said post-race.  He finished 4.1m clear of Chicago Bull ($4.60) who was able to get past a tiring Tiger Tara after spending a bulk of the journey in the trail. Tiger Tara did well to hold on for third, a further 1.6m back, to give McCarthy his second top-three finish in the biggest race on the Australasian Harness Racing calendar. He previously Seel N Print to second in 2014. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate

The only thing more startling than Kiwi pacer Lazarus's demolition job in last night's $A1.1million Inter Dominion Final was trainer Mark Purdon reaction to it. The Canterbury pair crushed Australia's best harness horses with one of the greatest ever displays by a New Zealand pacer across the Tasman. After settling midfield Lazarus was forced to work harder than his key rivals sitting parked for the last two laps in a move that could have had the punters who backed him into odd-ons favouritism feeling nervous. But those nerves were calmed when Purdon had a stranglehold on his champ starting the last 600m and actually chose to hold Lazarus back to his rivals to not let them gain clear air. At the top of the straight Purdon finally gave the magnificent five-year-old stallion his head and the result was electrifying as he bolted clear to beat two former NZ pacers in Chicago Bull and Tiger Tara. The ease of the win was stunning but Purdon was almost pragmatic about it. "I wasn't surprised. Not at all," he dead panned. "I knew I had them beaten a long way from home and Tiger Tara in front was actually quite fired up so I had couple of little looks at him to keep him keen. "I knew I had him beaten down the back straight but I held Laz back to them so horses like Chicago Bull couldn't get out till late but it wouldn't have mattered. "He was right in the zone tonight and he was bolting. He is just a champion." So Purdon's exaggerated whip flourish at the line wasn't from excitement, more satistaction at a job well done. "It was hard to come over here and win, especially with the series being so close to when he won the New Zealand Cup. "And his defeats in a couple of the heats showed how hard it can be to beat good horses this far from home on this track. "But he got better every run through the series and I think he showed people what a great horse he is tonight." The victory was Lazarus's 33rd from 40 starts and over $3.2million and only Monkey King has won mire money than him among New Zealand harness horses and that was from 95 starts. Lazarus should erase that stakes difference and then some over the summer as he still has over A$2million worth of races on his radar before March. He will remain in West Australia to contest the Fremantle and West Australia Cups next month before the Hunter Cup in Melbourne and the Miracle Mile in Sydney in February, the latter being the only blemish on his stellar season last term. So he is unlikely to race in New Zealand again this season but all going well could be back to defend his New Zealand Cup title in November, trying to become just the fourth horse to win that iconic race three times. While a very commercial stud career eventually beckons his connections have indicated they get more joy out of racing Lazarus so if he stays healthy and holds his form he could become harness racing's six million dollar man. Later in the night Purdon and training partner Natalie Rasmussen also won the A$200,000 Golden Nugget with four-year-old Ultimate Machete but were denied the perfect evening when Piccadilly Princess was luckless in the Mares' Classic. Michael Guerin   Lazarus winning the Inter Dominion Final

On the eve of one of Australasia’s biggest harness racing events the 2017  $1.1Million Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final at Gloucester Park, Perth, Western Australia Friday 8th December local time, lets look at the field of 10 finalists. Half the field {5} are made up of progeny by champion sire/stud Bettors Delight, three of these well performed pacers are out of Christian Cullen broodmares. When we drill down to family related winners of past Inter Dominion Grand Finals we see number 1 Tiger Tara is from the same family as, Young Mister Charles 1996 winner and Tactician winner of the 1955 Inter Dominion Grand Final. San Carlo drawn 7 in the final is from the family of 1977 winner Stanley Rio. The past 77 winners of the Inter Dominion Grand Final are from the family's below which break down as follows. 28 winners from Australian Maternal family Line Descendants . 39 winners from New Zealand Maternal family Line Descendants . 10 winners from American Maternal family Line Descendants . For all previous winners of the Inter Dominion Grand Finals 1936 thru to 2016 click this link then click the horses name for six generation breeding pedigree. Below is the barrier draw for Fridays final with breeding and career data..{enjoy} Sire....Dam...Six Generation Pedigree and Career Data. (1) TIGER TARA...7 year old Entire/Horse. By Bettors Delight out of Dream Away mare ..TARA GOLD Career...78 Starts..25 Wins..18 Seconds..11 Thirds..Best of 1.49.8MR.. Prizemoney..$1,136,931. Click this link for Tiger Tara’s six generation breeding pedigree. (2) LAZARUS...5 year old Entire/Horse. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare.. BETHANY. Career..39 Starts..32 Wins..4 Seconds..3 Thirds..Best of 1.49.0MR.Prizemoney...$2,712,139. Click this link for Lazarus Six generation breeding pedigree. (3) VULTAN TIN ..6 year old Gelding. By Dawn Of A New Day out of Pacific Fella mare..ELLEVARRAC.. Career..90 Starts..13 Wins..16 Seconds..11 Thirds..Best of 1.55.9MR..Prizemoney..$200,956. Click this link for Vultan Tins six generation breeding pedigree. (4) SOHO TRIBECA..5 year old Entire/Horse. By American Ideal out of Art Major mare..PIXEL PERFECT .. Career..46 Starts..18 Wins..15 Seconds..5 Thirds..Best of 1.53.8MR....Prizemoney..$558,239. Click this link for Soho Tribeca's six generation breeding pedigree..   (5) GALACTIC STAR ..5 year old Gelding. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare.. PETRA'S STAR. Career..39 Starts..20 Wins..7 Seconds..5 Thirds..Best of 1.53.1MR..Prizemoney..$248,037. Click this link for Galactic Star's six generation breeding pedigree. (6) LENNYTHESHARK...8 year old Entire/Horse. By Four Starzzz Shark out of Albert Albert mare..BOTSWANA.. Career..73 Starts..38 Wins...17 Seconds..12 Thirds..Best of 1.49.2MR..Prizemoney..$2,872,085. Click this link for Lennytheshark's six generation breeding pedigree. (7) SAN CARLO..7 year old Gelding.. By Mach Three out of Classic Garry mare..BRIDGE PLAYER Career..27 Starts..21 Wins..0 Seconds..3 Thirds..Best of 1.54.6MR..Prizemoney..$187,048. Click this link for San Carlo's six generation breeding pedigree. (8) SHANDALE ..5 year old Entire/Horse. By Art Major out of Bettor Delight mare DELIGHTFUL DALE. Career...47 Starts..14 Wins..5 Seconds..7 Thirds..Best of 1.53.7MR..Prizemoney..$274,505. Click this link for Shandales six generation breeding pedigree. (9) HAVE FAITH IN ME ..6 year old Gelding.. By Bettors Delight out of BGs Bunny mare ..SCUSE ME. Career..40 Starts..16 Wins..8 Seconds..2 Thirds..Best of 1.47.5MR..Prizemoney..$1,444,872. Click this link for Have Faith In Me's six generation breeding pedigree. (10) CHICAGO BULL..5 year old Gelding. By Bettors Delight out of Christian Cullen mare..CHICAGO BLUES.. Career..42 Starts..27 Wins..4 Seconds..6 Thirds..Best of 1.51.6MR..Prizemoney..$1,112,069. Click this link for Chicago Bull's six generation breeding pedigree. For all your breeding data click on this link.  

If Lazarus is going to win tonight's A$1.1 million Inter Dominion Final in Perth he is almost certainly going to have do it the hard way. It is looking increasingly unlikely the Kiwi pacing hero is going to secure his favoured pacemaking role in the 2936m mobile and that his enormous stamina is going to be tested like never before. Punting on tonight's race — it is actually 1am tomorrow but punters don't think that way — is a battle between perception and reality. The perception is Lazarus, after a track record heat win last Friday and the seemingly perfect barrier two, will work his way to the lead and win. If that first part proves true then so will the second, as Lazarus has never been beaten in front and unless he has to do something crazy in this race, from in front he would win. But the reality may be different. Tiger Tara, drawn the ace and with more natural gate speed than Lazarus, could hold him at the start and New South Wales driver Todd McCarthy says he would like to stay in front throughout. That could change, especially if any of the big three outside him in Lazarus (2), Soho Tribeca (4) or Lennytheshark (6) seriously try to cross him early and soften Tiger Tara up. But if it doesn't happen then Lazarus faces having to work harder than the horses inside him on the marker pegs. He might be able to work over Tiger Tara and break him but that could still leave him vulnerable to swoopers such as Lennytheshark, Soho Tribeca or most dangerously Chicago Bull. And as great as Lazarus is, his two heat defeats in this series prove he can be beaten when asked to sit parked, with coming from further back even more difficult. So where the muscular black stallion is after a lap of the tiny Gloucester Park circuit could decide the race. Not only would he be near impossible to run down in front but Lazarus leading would also put Chicago Bull three back on the markers, and that would flip the script enormously. So by all means back Lazarus to win because he might simply outstay his Australian rivals over a distance which favours him, but the reality is unless he gets that unlikely lead, his $2 price is way too short. Still, to beat him most of his rivals are going to have to run past him, something no horse has done in a race before. It is going to be a fun watch for those who stay up late. They could also be rewarded by a Kiwi victory in the A$200,000 Golden Nugget, where only bad luck looks a serious threat to Ultimate Machete but stablemate Piccadilly Princess faces a trickier test in the A$125,000 Mares Classic. She has drawn the inside of the second line, which will be great if Eden Franco can hold the front from barrier one but a disaster if favourite Amaretto runs to the lead early. Yet another All Stars big name should provide one of the highlights at Alexandra Park tonight when the enigmatic Heaven Rocks falls beautifully into the Summer Cup against semi-open class opposition and should win if he gets things right. Michael Guerin

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