Jewels likely but not Guaranteed

03:31 PM 09 Apr 2014 NZST
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Guareented.png Samantha Ottley
Guareented - is likely to contest the 4YO Emerald.
Samantha Ottley - Has landed the drive on Aldo Rossi

It is not guaranteed, but top Victorian harness racing trainer Emma Stewart is very keen to tackle the Harness Jewels with her top four-year-old, who was one of the first three Australians invited to compete in the Harness Jewels on In The Gig on Monday night.

The other invitees announced on Monday were Blitzthemcalder (4YO Ruby)  and Frith (4YO Diamond), however at this stage the Chariots Of Fire winner looks the most likely of the trio to compete.

"I wouldn't rule it out completely but we have to keep in mind that there is the semi final of the Breeders Challenge a fortnight after the Jewels and I wouldn't want to put her whole campaign and season in jeopardy by chasing the one race in New Zealand,” said Frith’s trainer Bruce Harpley.

"Adore Me would be extremely hard to beat over there in New Zealand and that is obviously a very strong consideration for both Bernie Kelly (Owner) and I."

Meanwhile, talented Junior reinswoman Samantha Ottley has landed the drive on Aldo Rossi in Friday’s NZ Derby, which will be her first drive in a Group One pacing event.

“I finished second on Stent in the NZ Trotting Championship when Colin (DeFilippi) was out on suspension, but this will be more first drive in a Group One pacing event,” said an excited Ottley.

 

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