Interdom finalists presented with their silks

11:58 AM 07 Apr 2011 NZST
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Chris Lang junior is presented with
Chris Lang junior is presented with - Let Me Thru's colours at Sky City in Auckland tonight.
Steve Dolan photo

The harness racing connections of all 30 Inter Dominion finalists, including emergencies, were presented with their commemorative silks at a 'thank-you' function conducted by the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting club at the Grand Hotel at 'Sky City' in Auckland tonight (Thursday April 7).

The brand new colours, which were designed by Australian company - Mittys - will be worn in tomorrow night's two grand finals at Alexandra Park.

The presentation of the new colours has been an Interdom tradition for four years now.

The colours could also be bidded for on-line in a fundraiser conducted by Harness Racing Australia.

Inter Dominion dignitaries from New Zealand and Australia attended the two-hour function, including ‘Inter Dominion King' Brian Hancock who will present the Hancock - Purdon trophy after the 9.40pm Pacing Final.

Australia virtually has already won that. They lead 6-2 with just the two finals and two consolations remaining.

So how do we beat the Australians? Here's what New Zealand's leading reinsman, Dexter Dunn had to say:

"No matter what sport you play the Aussies in, whether it be cricket, rugby or league, they aren't backward in talking their chances up. Us Kiwis prefer to be a bit more humble. We'll be going all out tomorrow night I can tell you to quieten them up," said Dunn, who drives New Zealand's best chance in the pacing final - Smiling Shard.

There was also an auction at last night's ‘Colours Function' which saw framed and signed prints of Lyell Creek and Blacks a Fake go under the hammer. It was bought by avid harness racing enthusiast, Barry Grimsey of Century Cove on the Gold Coast, for $2,000.

The money will go to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund.

The New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club also paid a tribute to The Auckland Trotting Club for the way it accommodated the 2011 Inter Dominion at late notice.

By Duane RANGER (editor) and Steve DOLAN

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