Kandor Hanover may have the last laugh

08:58 PM 28 Oct 2011 NZDT
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Kandor Hanover
Kandor Hanover - playing tricks with the photographer.

With two-time defending Breeders Crown champ Buck I St Pat retired, the 11 harness racing mares entered in the $300,000 Mare Trot, the first of 12 championship races on Sat., Oct. 29 at Woodbine, may represent the most difficult handicapping challenge of the night.

It’s the one division Crown leading driver John Campbell has never won. That could change if Yursa Hanover (post 2, 8-1) gets to the wire first. A win would also move the five-year-old mare into millionaires row.

The morning line favourite is Action Broadway (post 6, 7-2) driven by Canadian Mark MacDonald.

Autumn Escapade (post 9, 9-2), driven by David Miller, who recently became just the tenth driver in history to accrue 10,000 victories.

Kandor Hanover (post 1, 15-1), trained by Breeders Crown veteran John Burns, may have the last laugh.

“You can’t count any of these mares out, said Burns from the Mohawk stable area. “The trip will be everything and they are guaranteed to be storming at the wire.”

Moira FANNING

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