Day At The Track

'Calder' really should Blizthem tonight

02:12 AM 05 Mar 2013 NZDT
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Blitzthemcalder - Has drawn the outside of the front line in the NZ Derby

Victorian Trotter of the Year Blitzthemcalder will be hoping to make amends for his shock first-up defeat when he takes on the Decron Horse Care Trot at Cranbourne tonight.

Crowned the state's best squaregaiter last season on the strength of his Vicbred Super Series and Breeders Crown successes, Blitzthemcalder has already been dubbed a champion of the future.

But after breaking stride late first-up at Melton, Ross Payne's pacing-bred son of Metropolitan is searching for his first three-year-old triumph.

Drawn perfectly in barrier four, Blitzthemcalder has been marked a $1.10 favourite by Harness Racing Victoria form expert Michael Polster tonight.

If the young star makes another error this evening Mister Gunsen ($10) and Dawn Tears ($15) are rated most likely to beat him.

Keystone Del set for Great Southern Star

New South Wales squaregaiter Keystone Del has become the latest Great Southern Star qualifier courtesy of his Group 1 Glenferrie Challenge win on Sunday at Menangle.

Pitted against superstar Kiwi trotter Stig and three-time Group 1 winner I Didn't Do It, Nicole Molander's son of Dr Ronerail continued his outstanding form with the upset victory.

At this stage 14 horses have qualified for March 23's inaugural Great Southern Star although I Can Doosit will miss the series and Charlemagne is also a doubtful starter.

Exciting European invader Ridgehead Cahore endured a difficult start to his Great Southern Star campaign when galloping in transit at Melton last weekend.

Victorian warhorse Earl Of Mot staked a claim for one of two wildcard selections for the $350,000 series by defeating Ridgehead Cahore and co at Tabcorp Park.

No rest for the mighty 'Quinny'

Triple Inter Dominion champion will go in search of more Group 1 success this weekend when he traverses the Tasman for the $250,000 Auckland Cup.

Gary Hall Snr's champion pacer was breathtaking in his career-defining ID triumph at Menangle on Sunday and will now target his second Auckland Cup, having previously won the race in 2011.

Among his rivals on Friday night at Alexandra Park will be dual NZ Cup winner Terror To Love, NZ FFA champ Gold Ace and Perth-based four-year-old Im Victorious.

The Group 1 Great Northern Derby will be another highlight of Auckland's crackerjack meeting with Ohoka Punter, Adore Me and Border Control all engaged.

The juveniles will also step out in the Group 1 Cardigan Bay Stakes where luckless last start runner Isaiah will be among the hardest to beat.

The Bell man rings

Grampians based reinsman Michael Bellman enjoyed a red-letter day at Charlton on Sunday, winning four races including the Charlton Pacing Cup.

Bellman is enjoying a super season and is currently seventh on the Victorian Premiership Table after guiding Baltimore Moy, Classic Bliss, Drunken Desire and Uncle Wingnut to victory at Charlton.

Former Kiwi pacer Uncle Wingnut claimed the Charlton Pacing Cup and is enjoying a rich vein of form after nine months on Aussie soil.

The other big winner on Sunday was Motu Young Jacob, who claimed the Charlton Trotters Cup for Lance Justice.

Courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria

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