Here at Harnesslink, we thought we would be brave and offer our opinion on the Breeders Crown Finals as we head towards one of the seasons biggest harness racing days at Melton on Sunday.
Our first preview is of the 2 year old trotters division.
2 year old Trotting Fillies Breeders Crown Final
The $87,000 Aldebaran Park final for 2 year old fillies looks to be a battle between three fillies that are all sired via frozen semen and are all by stallions that are at the top of the siring charts in North America.
The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen trained daughter of Angus Hall in Arya looks very hard to beat here after an outstanding season in New Zealand which was followed up by a great second to the leading Australian male trotter in Eljaykay Phoenix in the Redwood Classic.
Arya has been foolproof all season which in the 2 year old trotting ranks is a major plus and with no Endsino in the field she looks to have a class edge as well.
Arya should come into five on the front line which is the perfect draw for here as she can stay out of the early rush and work to the lead without having to burn from the gate.
The two main dangers to Arya have both drawn nicely on the front line and are both beautifully bred trotters.
Glenferrie Burn who has drawn one is a daughter of the brilliant Muscle Hill from the 16 win Sundon mare in Adellas Dash ($102,626).
She has developed as the season has progressed and looks a real chance from the draw to get a soft run.
Val Gardena who has drawn three is a daughter of leading North American sire Kadabra from an Andover Hall mare.
She has only missed a placing once this season in ten starts and comes into this race a last start winner.
From her handy draw Blake Fitzpatrick has plenty of options with Val Gardena and she looks a major player here.
Of the others Meadow Valley Road and Naked Majesty have both shown enough to be serious place chances but its hard to see them as genuine winning chances.
Arya clearly on top, followed by a combination of Val Gardena, Glenferrie Burn, Meadow Valley Road and Naked Majesty.
2 year old Trotting Colts/Geldings Breeders Crown Final
The $87,000 Aldebaran Park Final for 2 year old colts/geldings has drawn a cracking field and the draw has only evened out the contest even more.
All the top contenders have drawn the front line with the favourite Eljaykay Phoenix fearing the worst with barrier seven.
A son of champion sire Sundon, Eljaykay Phoenix has looked a class above them for most of the season but his recent defeat by Shared Interest has thrown this division wide open.
Throw in his draw and the fact that all the real challengers have drawn inside him means if Eljaykay Phoneix and Joshua Aiken are going to win the final, they are going to have to do it the hard way.
His main challenger is the son of Angus Hall in Shared Interest who has drawn beautifully at barrier two which gives Nathan Jack plenty of options
Weather he tries to park Eljaykay Phoenix or takes a sit on his back, Shared Interest has the all round game to win the final.
The chances don't end there with both Illawong Armstrong and Primz Luck capable of toppling the favoured duo if things go their way.
Illawong Armstrong finally gets a good draw and Jodi Quinlan will be hoping that the favoured pair go to war which then brings her horse right into play.
The enigma of the field is The Pres gelding Primz Luck whose ring craft has let him down lately but who has ability to burn as he showed in New Zealand several times.
Now in the Kerryn Manning barn and to be driven by her in the final, Primz Luck threw it away on his Australian debut in the Redwood Classic.
Kerryn has had five weeks since then to iron out those kinks and if he gets around on Sunday they will all know they have been to the races.
Can't split the two favourites in Shared Interest and Eljaykay Phoenix due to the draws but lean a bit towards Eljaykay Phoneix on his overall record.
Illawong Armstrong and Primz Luck are both live chances depending how the race is run.
Throw in Kyvalley Boomerang, Fabrication and Hadrians Phoenix for trifectas and first fours.