Day At The Track

International All Star Series leaderboard

10:46 AM 12 Mar 2016 NZDT
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A second successive winning double has harness racing driver Kerryn Manning perched atop the International All Star Series leaderboard, with only Dexter Dunn and Brett Miller a mathematical chance to unseat her.

Manning has amassed 161.5 points to lead Dunn by 10.5, with Miller third on 150.5. To claim the crown Dunn or Miller would have to win, claiming the 14 points, and have Manning finish ninth (two points) or 10th (one).

Manning has been drawn to drive Majestic Grace from barrier three in tomorrow's 22nd and final race of the series, which will take place at Tabcorp Park Melton at 8.32pm. Miller will start outside Manning in barrier four with Rostevarren and Dunn has Matt Craven's Star Gun from barrier seven.

Good Form analyst Jason Bonnington said it was a "difficult race with several winning hopes", but he placed Cyclone Lucky Seven (Greg Sugars) on top from Uncas (Chris Alford), Heza Boy Star (Gavin Lang) and Manning's Majestic Grace.

Manning led Dunn by a point going into the final day and her stranglehold on the competition was born from winning the 19th race with Animated and the 21st race with Peking Duck.

There's no stopping Kerryn Manning

"It's just fun to be involved, it's an honour to be chosen and it's great to be in front."

Animated was a $1.90 favourite and the Ross Graham-trained four-year-old was driven accordingly by Manning, who took the gelding to the front and then held her ground on the straight to win by 3.9m from Keayang Ebonyrose (Brett Miller) and Sluggem (Greg Sugars).

Kerryn back on top

Race 21 was even more conclusive for Manning and Peking Duck, who shot to the front from barrier one and raced keenly throughout, drawing clear down the straight to salute by almost 12m. Birthyday boy Anthony Butt finished second with Arrokeefe and Gavin Lang was third with Mister Hairy Maclary.

Earlier, in race 17, Brett Miller began day five of the series in the same fashion as he'd finished day four, with a win, this time with My Sophisticated Lady.

Trainer Jarrod Pace's three-year-old filly broke its maiden status in Miller's hands, with the $3.50 favourite saluting from Rockabella Starz (Dexter Dunn) and Albietta (Yannick Gingras).

The race was a dominant result for the World team, which filled the top five placings to leave the Vics languishing and surrendering their series lead.

Miller makes it two on the trot

But that domination by the world was fleeting, with Victorian drivers winning all other races.

Race 18 was claimed by Terang's Jason Lee, who was three back the pegs but when Chris Alford drew Boundary Row out to challenge leader and favourite Yannick Gingras on Endsino the sprint lane opened for Lee and he shot Uwouldntbelieveit into contention.

Michelle Wight's four-year-old gelding pinched it on the line when it had appeared in Endsino's keeping, with Rumbaron finishing strongly for Corey Callahan to take third ahead of Alford.

Lee sprints to a well timed win

Like Lee, Greg Sugars hadn't tasted success since night one despite consistently being around the mark and, like Lee, that all changed tonight.

Sugars drove with aggression and confidence on Repeat After Me, going three wide early down the backstretch to circle those in front and then gradually drew away from leader, Jason Lee with Machli, to win by 5.3m.

The Candyman can

Earlier in the day

The next and final stop is Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday.

International All Star Series day six leaderboard: 

Kerryn Manning 161.5,

Dexter Dunn 151,

Brett Miller 150.5,

Chris Alford 140.5,

Yannick Gingras 138,

Greg Sugars 136,

Jason Lee 131.5,

Corey Callahan 121.5,

Anthony Butt 119.5,

Gavin Lang 114.5.

Overall leaderboard: Victoria 684, The World 680.5.

Michael Howard

Harness Racing Victoria

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