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08:04 AM 08 Apr 2019 NZST
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THE two biggest names in Aussie pacing are close to comeback races.

This season’s open-class ranks were cruelled when firstly Soho Tribeca and then Chicago Bull were sidelined with serious injuries.

But the pair are at the same stage of comeback preparations and only three to four weeks away from the racetrack.

“All is going well at this stage. He’s about a month away, so the Len Smith is a big chance. We’d love to get there,” Soho Tribeca’s trainer-driver Stanley said.

Hall Sr said: “Chicago Bull sounds like he’s at about the same stage as Soho Tribeca. He’ll be ready for a trial in three weeks or so.”

There is talk about a possible Gloucester Park match race, but Stanley said his sole target for now was the Group 1 Len Smith Mile on June 30.

That said, owner Rob Watson is a big picture man and will ultimately call the shots on where Soho Tribeca heads.

“There’s a lot to consider and get through, but it would be amazing for the sport if a match-race happened,” Watson said. “I’d love to see and would certainly throw some money behind it.”

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EXCITING former Kiwi trotter McLovin capped his preparation for a return “home” with an easy Melton win last night.

The Andy and Kate Gath-trained six-year-old will now head to Auckland for the Anzac and Rowe Cups.

McLovin worked to the front, dictated terms and won the $24,000 Group 3 Sundons Gift Trotters’ free-for-all (2240m).

He’s won six of seven starts since being bought by Norm Jenkin and joining the Gaths.

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FORMER young Kiwi star Ana Malak is seeing plenty of Australia.

The four-year-old made a huge splash, including winning the Group 1 Golden Nugget, in his first Aussie campaign in WA for trainers Greg and Skye Bond.

Worried by his handicap status in WA, the Bonds negotiated with Victorian trainer Dean Braun to take Ana Malak for a stint in Victoria.

Braun has set his sights on more travel, this time to Tasmania for the $75,000 Easter Cup at Launceston on April 20.

As soon as word got out Ana Malak was being set for the race, he was installed a $3 favourite.

It promises to be a strong race with other mainlanders like Kerryn Manning’s exciting four-year-old Duke Of Wellington and recent Charlton Cup winner Cant Refuse are others being set for a Tassie raid.

Ana Malak won four of six NZ starts before being unbeaten in three runs for the Bonds.

The son of Bettors Delight hasn’t raced since winning the Nugget at Gloucester Park on December 14.

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COULD exciting juvenile colt Pandering be a “sneaky” for the Harness Jewels?

The son of Courage Under Fire won on debut for Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin by 35.5m at Ballarat last Friday and is raced by Justin Baker, the managing owner of brilliant three-year-old trotter Alpha Male.

Stewart is on record as saying if, as expected, Alpha Male heads to the Jewels she would like to take one or two juvenile pacers with the trotter to Addington.

Stewart also has Victoria’s best juvenile so far this season, Be Happy Mach.

Another Ballarat winner going places after a sparkling win last Friday is Andy and Kate Gath’s three-year-old trotter Majestuoso.

It’s clear he’s in the top few trotters of his age in Australia after posting his fourth win of the season and scoring by 20.3m.

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ELLMERS Image showed he has the potential to take the next step with a gritty win in blazing time at Menangle last night.

Trainer-driver Amanda Turnbull gave him a crack at the Melbourne Inter Dominion last year, but he just battled through the heats before brilliantly winning the consolation.

Ellmers Image also ran a strong second to the classy Our Uncle Sam in the Group 1 Bohemia Crystal on Miracle Mile night.

Last night he made a midrace move to sit parked outside the speedy Majordan, who did work hard in a 26.1sec opening quarter from a wide draw.

The pair hit the line together with the photo showing a nostril margin to Ellmers Image in a 1min49.6sec mile.

Former Kiwi pacer Cash N Flow was third.

The win was Ellmers Image’s 14th from 52 starts and edged him close to $170,000 in earnings.

Another winner of note at Menangle was former Great Southern Star winner Glenferrie Typhoon, who won his first race since being bought from Western Australia.

Glenferrie Typhoon reached the top for Andy and Kate Gath before connections took him to WA for a stint.

Now a nine-year-old with trainer Roy Roots Jr, Glenferrie Typhoon posted his 32nd win in a 1min59sec mile rate for 2300m. It was his first win since last October.

 

by Adam Hamilton

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