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Caldow ready for his first Inter Dominion final

07:29 AM 15 Dec 2018 NZDT
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It has taken John Caldow more than 30 years – and 26,215 races – to land an Inter Dominion final drive.

After tomorrow night the veteran Melton reinsman will have driven in two.

Caldow will pilot Wilmas Mate in the TAB Inter Dominion Trotting Championship Grand Final at Tabcorp Park just after 9pm before taking the reins behind Cash N Flow in the pacers’ final at 9.45pm.

Wilmas Mate (gate 12) and Cash N Flow (gate 13) have copped horror draws, but bad luck hasn’t dampened Caldow’s mood.

“I have been to a lot of the Inter Dominions; if I haven’t been there I have certainly been watching them,” Caldow said.

“It is a race everyone wants to win, unfortunately we have drawn bad but it is nice to be in it anyway.”

Caldow said he was expecting the finals to be intriguing affairs, especially the pacers.

“I think it is going to be a great race; the one (Galactic Star) will hold up for starters and who he decides to hand up (the lead) to, or whether he decides to (hand up) or not, will be interesting,” he said.

“The draw has brought everyone in with a winning chance so there is going to be a lot of moves for that reason.

“Gavin (Lang) has drawn 3 (on Im Pats Delight) and he will be going forward. The speed will be on early with everyone looking for their positions."

Caldow said he would “be out the back watching it all unfold”.

“I imagine I will be going the short cuts and seeing what happens. I need them to go mad to give him any possible chance, especially early,” he said.

In the trotters’ final, Caldow said he expected Speeding Spur to make favourite Tornado Spur’s bid for the lead harder than he had been accustomed to in the heats.

“I am sure the one (Speeding Spur) will get out a lot quicker this time after getting crossed at Ballarat and they will be going hard,” he said.

“Wilmas Mate is going OK, she seems to be getting better with each race. (We’ll) need it to be a true, good staying race to give her any chance whatsoever.”

Caldow, who has driven more than 100 winners in a season on 20 occasions, said ID18 was only the second Inter Dominion he had been involved in.

“I won a heat in Perth (in 2004) with Mister D G and we had Nolarama in the (same) series,” he said.

“But I have never driven in a final so I am looking forward to it.”


Shaun Campbell

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