Defending champion Keystone Del is among the list of horses being considered for the Australian team for the Glenferrie Farm Trotters Challenge at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 2.
With five Australian trotters and as many from New Zealand to be invited to contest the $200,000 Group One, the Nicole Molander-trained gelding is one of nine that could possibly line-up for what already looks to be a strong Australian team.
Others dominate in the minds of selectors include the David Aiken-trained duo My High Expectations and Cold Sister as well as star squaregaiter Blitzthemcalder.
Kyvalley Blur who is trained by master trotting conditioner Chris Lang senior, former pacer Mister Zion as well as Elegant Image, Aleppo Midas and Stoned I Am are considerations also.
While the Australian team will be finalised in the coming weeks following the results of races, the New Zealand representatives have been selected.
The New Zealand team being selected early to allow for travel are Dullard Cup winner Habibti, Danish Derby winner Peak, Anzac Cup victor Stent, Hellers Dominion winner Master Lavros and recent National Trot winner Irish Whisper.
Three reserves have been added to the team being Vulcan, The Fiery Ginga and Sovereignty who could be called upon if neccessary.
Team New Zealand:
- Master Lavros (trainer Mark Jones)
- Stent (trainer Colin De Filippi)
- Peak (trainer Tim Butt)
- Irish Whisper (trainer Tony Herlihy)
- Habibti (trainer David Butt)
- Vulcan (trainer Tim Butt)
- The Fiery Ginga (trainer Alan Clark)
- Sovereignty (Trainer Sean McCaffrey)
- My High Expectations (trainer David Aiken)
- Kyvalley Blur (trainer Chris Lang)
- Mister Zion (trainer Geoff Webster)
- Keystone Del (trainer Nicole Molander)
- Elegant Image (trainer Andy Gath)
- Blitzthemcalder (trainer Dean Braun)
- Aleppo Midas (trainer Michael Eastman)
- Cold Sister (trainer David Aiken)
- Stoned I Am (trainer Bill Walker)
- *Five to be selected and one reserve