Day At The Track

Grieve has winning chances at Melton

07:23 PM 05 Aug 2014 NZST
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Amanda Grieve - Her team has been on fire lately
Amanda Grieve - Her team has been on fire lately
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Amanda Grieve will be hoping winning form is good form when Upanatom and Tandias Bromac hit the track at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.

Tandias Bromac has won two straight races and will start from gate 12 in the Del-Re National Food Group Pace, while Upanatom is shooting for seven wins from seven Australian starts but has drawn gate seven in the Mediatec Pace Final.

Tandias Bromac has overcome extreme draws at her past two starts, winning over the sprint trip at Melton on July 25 when she reeled off a 56.8-second last half in the breeze, before again working to the spot outside the leader and scoring a tough win last time out over 2240 metres.

“She’s been running really good races,” Grieve said.

“This will be her fifth run in five weeks but she’s still going very well. If she wasn’t 100 per cent we wouldn’t be running her.”

Grieve’s leading chance in Race 9, Upanatom, has looked almost bulletproof since debuting Down Under.

The four-year-old by Christian Cullen is coming off a soft Melton win when he led from gate seven and rated 1:59.9 in awful conditions to score by 5m over Sinead.

“We’re not too sure how good he is,” Grieve admitted.

“He’s done everything right so far.”

Despite the wide draw, Upanatom looks a strong chance to find the lead as he did last start from the 2240-metre start.

Grieve’s other runner for the night is Inky Cullen in the Swift Signs Pace over 2240 metres.

The five-year-old son of Christian Cullen has been struggling for form since running second to Lennytheshark on May 30.

He actually beat home the ultra-fast Chilli Palmer on that occasion.

Of late however, Inky Cullen has finished seventh of 10 behind Keayang Cullen, sixth of nine behind Keayang Cullen, last of 11 behind Magical Telf, and last of 11 – and tailed off – behind Smudge Bromac last start when he galloped.

“I don’t know why he galloped the other day,” Grieve said.

“He was a wee bit crook two starts back but he’s over that now.”

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