Day At The Track

'Team Tritton’s’ attack on Harness Jewels

08:54 PM 31 May 2018 NZST
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Shane and Lauren Tritton
Shane and Lauren Tritton

There has been a change of plans for ‘Team Tritton’s’ attack on New Zealand’s Harness Racing Jewels.

With just three days to go, driver and co-trainer Lauren Tritton flew over to the Shaky Isles a day earlier than planned.

The Group 1 winning reinswoman arrived in the North Island yesterday to put the final touches on Platinum Revolution and Petes Big Jim ahead of their upcoming feature assaults.

“I was meant to fly out on Thursday but I changed my flight so that I could drive both horses in fast work,” Tritton said.

“I like to drive them in track work too because you get a better gauge of where they are at.”

And that has been the case with ‘Team Tritton’s’ recent stable acquisition Petes Big Jim.

The gelding was transferred to their stable just over a fortnight ago and will face his biggest test to date when he lines up on the Two-Year-Old Emerald at Cambridge Raceway this Saturday.

In preparation for this he won a trial at Menangle in 1:53.5 – more than six seconds quicker than any race he has won.

“I really like him,” Tritton said.

“After driving him we’ve changed some of his gear and hopple length and we’re really happy with where he is at.”

Petes Big Jim has drawn barrier one in his $NZ150,000 test and so did his new stablemate Platinum Revolution  in the Two-Year-Old Diamond.

And Tritton will be making the most of these draws.

“I don’t want to go home with a hard luck story,” she said.

“They are both talented two-year-olds and both drawn well so well so we have to make the most of it.”

Shane Tritton claimed Platinum Revolution is “the best two-year-old filly I’ve ever had!”

“She’ll definitely hold the front . . . the track favours inside runners so if we get to the front we can control our own destiny.”

Back home, Team Tritton will be relying on outside drivers to control other aspects of their destiny starting with Lynnsanity who is engaged in one of tonight’s Breeders Challenge heats at Penrith.

He will be driven by Lachie Manzelmann who has also landed the top drive on Yayas Hot Spot at Menangle on Saturday night, while Anthony Butt will also drive for the stable that night.

For the record, only 12 Australian horses have taken part in the Harness Jewels in the past 11 years.


Amanda Rando

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