New South Wales Derby winner Our Twentyten has drawn ideally for Friday night’s Group 2 VHRSC Holmfield at Melton’s Tabcorp Park.
The Brent Lilley-trained gelding will start from gate two in the 1720m $30,275 mobile-start race, with NSW reinsman Luke McCarthy trekking south to take the reins.
“That’s ideal,” Lilley said when told of the draw.
“He’s come through the New South Wales run with flying colours. If anything he’ll be a bit sharper on Friday night.”
Our Twentyten, a son of Muscles Yankee, gave nothing else a chance at Menangle over 2400m last start, posting early sectionals of 31.7 and 30.8 before coming home in 29.1 and 28.9 for a 14.8m win over Aldebaran Southland.
Prior to that run his New Zealand form had been first-rate, including a win over eventual New Zealand Jewels champion King Denny and the smart One Over Da Moon on May 2.
“I was confident he’d go good. His form in New Zealand had been top-class, so we were expecting big things and he didn’t let us down,” Lilley said of the NSW Derby run.
“Luke is really keen to come down and drive again. We’ll be looking to punch forward from that draw.”
Lilley also puts the polish on filly Daenerys Targaryen, who broke at the home corner when pulling out to make her run in the Glenferrie Farm Trotters Oaks at Melton’s Tabcorp Park last Friday night.
“She was going to be right in the finish in the Oaks and when Chris pulled the plugs she jumped out of her gear. Chris thought she was definitely going to run first or second before she broke,” Lilley said.
Daenerys Targaryen has drawn inside the back row on Friday night and will be driven by Greg Sugars.
“The way the draws have fallen Our Twentyen should probably have the wood on Daenerys Targaryen,” Lilley said when asked to line up his runners.
"Daenerys Targaryen should get a nice run somewhere along the pegs."
Kialla-trained Spidergrace from the Laura Crossland stable has drawn pole for the Holmfield, Chris Alford’s flying gelding Miracle will start from gate three, Chris Lang’s improving Aldebaran Southland from four, Tatura’s Guiltless from five, Maiden Gully colt Asdenro from six, Bacchus Marsh gelding Drunken Maniac from seven, while One Over Da Moon will start from one off the fence on the second row for Chris Lang.
One Over Da Moon has raced once in Australia, in the Breeders Crown 2YO Trotters Final, finishing 4.1m second to Im Stately, beating home Claudys Princess, Asdenro, Daenerys Garyen and Guiltless on that occasion.
By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)