Day At The Track

Inter-Dominion hopeful beaten at Launceston

12:01 PM 23 Sep 2015 NZST
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Devendra - Still targeting the Inter-Dominions even though he was beaten on Sunday
Devendra - Still targeting the Inter-Dominions even though he was beaten on Sunday

IF the connections of Devendra are keen to get to Perth for the Inter Dominion series then maybe Launceston harness racing trainer Ben Yole should have considered nominating his stable star All I Can Be that delivered a knockout blow to punters in Launceston on Sunday night by defeating Devendra in a free-for-all over 2200 metres.
 
Devendra was sent out the $1.20 favourite but faced the breeze for the entire journey and could not resist the powerful finish of All I Can Be ($9.20) that powered home to score by over a metre.
 
"We finally got a good run in transit because he usually ends up out the back with no speed on," said driver Mark Yole.  
The trainer said All I Can Be is a really good horse but lacks the early gate speed that is possessed by most of the top class pacers but he is at his best when he can sit and sprint.

"He really needs them to run along up front because he is essentially a sit and sprint horse," he said.
 
At his previous start All I Can Be ran home his last half (800m) in 56.8 but could only manage third placing because he came off a relatively slow speed.
 
Despite the loss, connections of Devendra remain keen to send him to James Rattray to prepare for an Inter Dominion campaign.

Peter Staples

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