Day At The Track

Lauren Tritton back for bumper Breeders Crown

08:59 PM 22 Aug 2017 NZST
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Lauren Tritton
Lauren Tritton
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One of harness racing’s golden girls will fast-track her return to driving to be part of Sunday’s stellar Breeders Crown meeting at Melton’s Tabcorp Park.

Life has changed a fair bit for Lauren Tritton since she last drove in a race about seven months ago. She’s now a first-time mum to son Levi, but has been counting down the days to jumping back in the sulky.

“It’s really exciting to be back driving. I haven’t driven in a race since January,” she said.

“Levi’s a month-old today (Tuesday). The first two weeks were hard, I felt like death warmed-up to be honest, but every day has been better since. It’s an amazing time of life, but I’ve certainly missed the driving.”

It is another of her favourite “kids” — glamour two-year-old filly My Sweetchilliphilly — who has lured Tritton back to the races this weekend.

“I will drive at the Menangle trials (Tuesday) and will drive My Riviera Belle at Melton on Friday night so I’m primed for ‘Chilli’ on Sunday,” she said.

“I love the filly. She ran below her best last week and didn’t look comfortable. It’s the biggest race of her season and I really wanted to be part of it.”

My Sweetchilliphilly brilliantly won her first five races, earning comparisons with great juvenile fillies of the modern era, before being beaten into fifth place as a $1.60 favourite in her Crown semi-final at Bendigo last Saturday night.

She’s drawn the back row (gate 10) in Sunday’s final and is a $7.50 shot with TAB.

Sunday’s card features eight Group 1 Crown finals and TAB markets are open on them all.

The early movers have been: The More The Better $1.70 into $1.60 (3YO colts and geldings final); Petacular $1.50 into $1.40 (3YO fillies’ final); Our Bettor Joy $2.40 into $1.90 (2YO fillies’ final); Dance Craze $1.80 to $1.60 (3YO trotting final).

Reprinted with permission of The Herald Sun

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