Harness Racing New South Wales and the NSWHRC, in consultation with the Inter Dominion Event Committee (IDEC), have resolved to amend the Qualifying Heat Rankings as per Clauses 5.2 and 12.1 of the 2013 Inter Dominion Conditions following the scratching yesterday of Karloo Mick.
The amendment will be welcomed with open arms after previous frustrations were shared over what was going to happen if two of the big guns missed a grand final position. ie: Imthemightyquinn, Smoken Up, Terror To Love.
It is unfortunate that the Dubbo destroyer Karloo Mick will not be competing but this amendment should ensure the best possible grand final field.
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As such 12 of the 14 places in the Grand Final will be determined by the respective finishing positions (Rankings) in the Qualifying Heats as outlined below:
Ht 1 (New Zealand): First 2 horses to finish
Ht 2 (NSW): First 3 horses to finish (Amended from the original Rankings)
Ht 3 (Victoria): First 3 horses to finish
Ht 4 (Supplementary): First 2 horses to finish
Ht 5 (WA): First 2 horses to finish
Additionally two wild cards will now be issued to make up the final field for the Grand Final on Sunday 3 March. Both wild cards will be announced live approximately 15 minutes after the last Qualifying Heat as part of the special two-hour dedicated broadcast of the Qualifying Heats on Sky Racing 2.
Courtesy of Harness Racing New South Wales