Day At The Track

American trotter ready for Aussie debut

09:02 AM 21 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Real Babe
Real Babe - a daughter of Donato Hanover
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American trotter Real Babe will make her Australian harness racing debut at Shepparton on Saturday night.

Prepared by Jayne Davies, Real Babe will contest the Group Three George Gath, which has attracted a stellar field.

The mare has had two trials ahead of her Down Under debut, finishing second at her most recent hit-out at Tabcorp Park Melton on Monday.

To be driven by Anthony Butt, who has partnered the daughter of Donato Hanover at both trials, Real Babe’s task has been made tough by drawing gate seven – the outside of the front row.

Real Babe is here for the Great Southern Star on March 7, one of two international invitees for the series.

Star local Spidergirl will resume after a five-month break for trainer David Aiken.

Last season’s dominant squaregaiter, with victories in the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown Finals, Spidergirl will begin from the inside of the second row.

With quick beginner Flying Isa drawn the pole, Spidergirl is likely to enjoy the perfect trip along the pegs.

In a terrific coup for the Victorian industry, all trot races at Shepparton will be broadcast live into France for wagering purposes.

Harness Racing Victoria will receive a product fee for beaming the action into the world's biggest trotting market.

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