Victorian harness racing trainer Chris Lang had the smile put back on his face after Inter Dominion favourite Let Me Thru won the second trotting heat at Alexandra Park tonight (Friday March 25). The $1.70 hot pot held out second favourite Sovereignty in the $30,000 Listed event.
Ninety minutes earlier the Inter Dominion defending champion’s Gift dropped out to last in the first heat. Lang said he couldn’t understand what happened but said the former champion would be scoped this weekend.
But Lang was not confused with Let me Thru’s performance. The 5-year-oldgelding was simply too smart for his 12 opponents in the 2700m mobile event.
Son Chris Lang Jr, who worked to the lead at about the 2000m, said it was a learning curve for him against a lot of unknown opposition and drivers.
“He didn’t feel as good tonight in the warm-up compared to when winning here on March 11. He wasn’t as sharp but still raced well. Given the work he did in the running I’m still pretty please,” Lang junior said.
He said he would be more confident in the Final if he got a sit.
“A lot will come down to the barrier draw. I’d prefer not to have to work as hard in the big one but he still can win no matter where he draws or where he ends up in the running.
“He’s a very tough and tractable horse, but I can’t emphasise enough just how important the barrier draw will be. I have gained a lot of respect for Sovereignty after tonight’s run,” Lang junior said.
Let Me Thru held out Sovereignty (Maurice McKendry) and Stylish Monarch (Ricky May) by a short neck and three quarters of a length. His winning time was 3:24.54 (mile rate: 2:02) with final 800m and 400m sectionals of 59 and 28.5 seconds.
Let Me Thru has now won 18 of his 25 starts and has a two from two record at Alexandra Park.
By Duane RANGER (editor) and Steve DOLAN at Alexandra Park