It was a stunning harness racing final of the Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star and Keystone Del outsprinted his more highly fancied contemporary to claim the $300,000 final.
Starting from barrier one, race favourite Stent held up from the inside, working to hold out the early challengers.
In a surprise, Keystone Del was shuffled back early as Cold Sister and eventually Blitzthemcalder worked around to find the breeze.
But when the pressure went on it was Stent turning for home in front with an ominous figuring looming up out wide in Keystone Del.
The ex-kiwi son of Dr Ronerail had to fight hard for it but struck the lead halfway up the lane and continued to grind him to take the race in 1:56.5.
Stent held second from My High Expectations and Zedalite who got home into fourth.
With the quinella showing form counts for everything after winning their heats, the second ever Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star will go down in history as another war of attrition.
Keystone Del is trained by former kiwi Nicole Molander and was driven by usual driver Blake Fitzpatrick.
Keystone Del has had an incredible six weeks taking the Glenferrie Farm Challenge and the heat and final of Saturday night’s race.
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria