Day At The Track

Team Tritton ready for Group 1 Gold

10:36 PM 22 Mar 2017 NZDT
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My Sweetchilliphilly
My Sweetchilliphilly

Harness racing partners Shane and Lauren Tritton are not fazed by the draws their star two-year-olds will face at this Saturday's Bathurst Gold Crown meeting.

'Team Tritton' has the two early fancies for both the Gold Crown and Gold Tiara Finals with Divine State and My Sweetchilliphilly respectively and their draws have certainly created interest in the race.

Divine State has drawn wide in barrier eight but connections say that it is the draw they would prefer for the $104,000 classic event.

And it has not bothered punters either as the gelding a $1.04 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.

"I would much prefer barrier eight than barrier one," Shane declared.

"He can come across as he wants and he may have to be driven aggressively to get a good position but he likes to run fast miles."

Divine State proved this when setting a new Australasian record becoming the fastest two-year-old ever seen outside of North America when winning the Sapling Stakes at Menangle last month in a mile rate of 1:51.6.

He was also the fastest Gold Crown heat winner at Bathurst last Saturday night where he stopped the clock in 1:56.2 spacing his rivals by more than 37 metres.

"He dead set jogged that and just idled down the straight," Shane said.

"He still had at least three or four seconds up his sleeve."

'Team Tritton' also believe there is improvement to be seen in their unbeaten filly My Sweetchilliphilly.

She too was the fastest winner out of the six Gold Tiara heats last Wednesday rating 1:55.3 for the 1730m qualifier.

And she is also the early fancy for the Gold Tiara Final at $1.50.

"We haven't seen the best of her yet," Shane said.

"She's only been at about 80 per cent fitness for her two starts so it will be good to see what she can do when she is asked."

My Sweetchilliphilly has drawn barrier 10 on the second row for Saturday night's lucrative Gold Tiara Final.

"It's not the end of the world as we are following out a horse that I personally believe will lead," Shane said.

"Hopefully we can follow through and stay out of trouble and try have a look for the front ourselves."

AMANDA RANDO

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