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Gun 3 year old can overcome draw

03:58 PM 08 Aug 2014 NZST
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Barry Purdon - Has Sky Major ready to win
Barry Purdon - Has Sky Major ready to win

The two premier pacers on tonight’s Tabcorp Park Melton program have both landed the despised gate eight draw, but the philosophies of their drivers could not be more different.

In race four, highly touted Kiwi three-year-old Our Sky Major will continue his Breeders Crown campaign in what is a fairly moderate metropolitan maiden.

Craig Demmler, who will take the reins behind the dual Harness Jewels winner for master trainer Barry Purdon, said his hand might be forced by the inside back-line draw.

“At the end of the day you can’t do too much about the draw. You don’t want to be three back on the markers, but that may happen,” Demmler said.

“Barry’s pretty happy with how he’s going. He’s a class above this field. No other horse in the race can run home in 54(sec).

“The draw does make it very interesting though.”

In stark contrast, Glen Craven, who will steer Keayang Steamer at his first run back from a break in the Swift Signs Pace, race seven, said gate eight would provide few obstacles for his rising star.

“I’m not interested in getting locked up on the fence,” the gun young reinsman said.

“A lot will depend on the tempo of the race, but I won’t be scared to sit back and come with a run if that’s how it pans out.”

If everything goes to plan, Keayang Steamer will have a date with his superstar stablemate, Keayang Cullen, in the Breeders Crown Graduate Free-For-All at Melton on August 22.

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